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Darwen Street Scenes (1901)

Young lads are out in force on the crowded streets in Edwardian Lancashire.

Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent


The first electric tram to Darwen, near Blackburn, ran in 1900. This film, shot the following year, shows a pair of them in the town's bustling  centre weaving between a mass of people and other traffic, including a horse-drawn laundry van. The lads in the foreground grow livelier as the film progresses, jumping up and down enthusiastically - probably at the prompting of the filmmakers.