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A fascinating film showing the cathedral city of Chichester before the arrival of its ringroad and the pedestrianisation of its Roman streets.
Amateur film 1962 7 mins Silent
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This wonderful colour film from the mid-1960s starts with views across fields towards the cathedral, as seen from the railway footbridge. We then see the Chichester Cross, dating from 1501, at the intersection of the city centre's four main roads - where pedestrians and traffic still mingle. Chichester's elegant Georgian buildings are featured along with a variety of shopfronts, some of which are still trading in exactly the same location.
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Milton Keynes - A Village City
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
Round the Wirral with a Movie Camera
Promotional 1934 9 mins Silent Location: Birkenhead
Birkenhead's sights, shopping opportunities and industries.
Amateur film 1979 8 mins Silent Location: Sudbury
Sudbury's market dates back to 1009! One of Suffolk's popular markets, amateur filmmaker John Anderson documents the stall holders and their visitors circa 1979.
Non-Fiction 1961 11 mins Silent Location: Bradford
The hope for a bright post war future for this newly built council estate in Bradford in 1961, with dads tending the gardens and kids playing on jiggers in the streets.
Street Scenes in Halifax (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 10 mins Silent Location: Halifax
Many views of busy, bustling Halifax, including a handsome, horse-drawn steam fire engine.
Jamaica Street Glasgow (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
A flood of pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic in Edwardian Glasgow.
Building Chichester's new County Library
Amateur film 1965 15 mins Silent Location: Chichester
The ancient city of Chichester's new and very modern public library rises from its concrete foundations in this fascinating film from the mid 1960s
The Queen visits Chichester on Gala Day
Amateur film 1956 4 mins Silent Location: Chichester
Chichester gets out the bunting for Gala Day and to celebrate the arrival of a very special Royal visitor
Journey home to Canterbury
Amateur film 1930 7 mins Silent Location: Glastonbury
Join the Blighs on their homeward journey through the Southern counties - calling at Glastonbury and various ancient landmarks east
Meet the Chichester Boys' Club
Amateur film 1937 12 mins Silent Location: Chichester
Not a hoodie in sight as the male youth of Chichester goes clubbing – shove ha'penny style
The Selsey Tramway
Amateur film 1928 2 mins Silent Location: Chichester
This amazing footage captures a unique little railway at work during its declining years in the late 1920s
Pre War and Wartime scenes in Chichester
Amateur film 1937 15 mins Silent Location: Chichester
Spitfire the Rabbit makes a guest appearance in this charming family film from the early years of the war - featuring various aircraft and larks with men of the RAF.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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