Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Herefordshire in the (Pathé) News

I can while away many an hour trawling through the British Pathé archives, especially clips of interwar Herefordshire, such as these…

A smashing clip showing the citizens of Hereford enjoying the delights of the May Fair, situated in an absolutely heaving High Town. The rides shown include the swing seat, dodgems, merry-go-round etc.

The National Cross Country Championship, presumably held at the Racecourse, judging by the gas works in the background.

Another National Cross Country Championship race.

Footage aplenty of the Hereford Bull at the Three Counties Show in Hereford, before it moved to its permanent home at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

The Archbishop of Canterbury (Randall Thomas Davidson, 1st Baron Davidson of Lambeth) visits Hereford to commemorate the 1,250th anniversary of the Diocese. Footage includes a procession of civic dignitaries up Broad Street and clergy and choristers emerging from the Bishop's Palace.

Sir Robert Baden Powell takes the salute as he attends a rally of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Hereford.

A procession of civic dignitaries make their way through a crowded High Town as they revive the 'Beating the Bounds' ceremony - the ancient custom of marking out the boundaries of the city.

The last section of this film features Mr C H Leake on his Hereford farm and his home-made astronomical telescope.

Various shots of historic buildings and picturesque scenes around the county.

Footage of the Kington sheep market, including the auctioneer practising his trade.

Herefordians gather as Queen Mary arrives in the city to dedicate the new George V playing fields, unveiling a plaque from the comfort of her car.

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