Leeds nostalgia: Fox hunt film show 1930s Yorkshire hunt

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This week’s film, available to view on the Yorkshire Film Archive website, documents fox hunting which takes place in the Malton and the surrounding area during the late 1930s.

The film includes many shots of the hunters and the hounds, both in town and country settings including Malton Market Place. Some of the people taking part in the hunt are named in the intertitles.

Additionally there is some point-to-point racing at Easingwold, Scarborough, and Whitwell complete with slow motion film sequences.

The date is February 1937. Watched by a large crowd, the fox hunt gathers in front of St Michael’s Church and the market in Malton before the hunt begins.

All seated on their horses, Lord Grimthorpe, T G Gouldsmith, and K G Russell are shown in their hunting gear. A large pack of beagles wait to go, and then the hunt makes its way along a bridle path, crossing a road.

The hunt passes over moorland, Hutton Bank. Hutton Wood can be seen in the background before arriving in a village. In front of a large house, a presentation is made to the hunt. The film closes with a scene of more beagles, some of whom are in a cage.

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