Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire Film Archive clip shows history of the valley

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This week’s featured film clip, available to view on the Yorkshire Film Archive website, is a film made by Brook Motors of Huddersfield.

It is his is the story of a Yorkshire river and the industries along its banks as the river flows from its source to the sea. The film includes a closer look at Brook Motors as well as Bamforths postcard manufacturing.

The film opens with a scene of a brook running down the hillside and eventually growing into a river. A little girl sails a boat. Further downstream, there are shots of pollution as a result of rubbish dumped into the river.

In Huddersfield, the skyline and surrounding factories can be seen as well as close-ups of houses. The narrator explains how cloth used to be woven in homes and there is a demonstration of hand weaving. The next section focuses on the textile industry, and there are excellent shots of the weaving process.

There is a mill in the distance, followed by interior shots of the processes starting with a man loading raw wool into a carding set. Next the slubbing is spun into yarn on a huge machine. The cloth is woven and a mender checks it.

See YFA website for details.


8th June 1972  Women's Circle cooking team.  Denise Creamer on the left.  Anne Wilkinson weilding the big wooden spoon.  Wendy Rix, standing by with the milk jug.

Leeds nostalgia: YEP Women’s Circle in the kitchen in 1972