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Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
Non-Fiction18982 minsSilent Location: Conwy Castle
Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.
Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull (1900)
Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Kingston upon Hull
A melee of traffic, carts, trams, bicycles and people of all ages squeeze past the camera in Victorian Hull.
Coal on the Doorstep
Documentary19748 mins Location: Cowdenbeath
Locals have strong feelings about the pros and cons of the new open cast mine in Cowdenbeath, Fife.
Battle of Spion Kop: Ambulance Corps Crossing the Tugela River (1)
Stunning cinematic record of a key British defeat in the Boer War
Sunday Best and Seaplanes - Monkton and Pembroke Dock
Home movie19521 minsSilent Location: Monkton
From Sunday streets to the sea – the merry kids of Monkton, and Pembroke Dock’s famous flying boats
Phantom Ride - Chamonix
Admire the view but don't look down, as this short film takes you on a breathtaking trip through the Alps
Panorama of the Paris Exhibition No. 3
An unusual view of Paris, shot from a boat travelling down the Seine. You can even see the Eiffel tower - almost!
Pont Pill Monument
Current affairs19775 mins Location: Fowey
Divers have raised a large monument stone from the riverbed at Pont Pill Creek in Cornwall.
The Magic Extinguisher
Trick film19012 minsSilent
You'll never guess quite what this chap can hide under his cone...
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee Paul (St Paul's: North 1)
The Guards and Princes arrive at St Paul’s during Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
Call Me Captain
Promotional197514 mins Location: Ranworth
Johnny Morris commentates on holiday freedom 1970s style with a hired boat on the waterways on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads.
Current affairs19684 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.