Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire Film Archive clip

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This week’s film clip, courtesy of Yorkshire Film Archive and available by clicking the link on our website, is an early nitrate film made by Debenham & Co. It documents the wedding of Fred Groves and Alice Rothwell on the 20th October, 1920 at St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay,Leeds. The bride, Alice, was given away by her father, John Rothwell Esq. who was a furniture dealer. And the groom, Fred Groves, was a civil servant.

Title: ‘Popular Wedding at Roundhay’ ‘This picture was Photographed exclusively for this Theatre by Debenham & Co. York.’

The film begins in a garden where a small boy, smartly dressed in an overcoat, walks past looking at the camera.

A group of people in formal dress, the women holding flowers, pose for the camera. In the street two ladies are helped out of a parked car by a man. Then an open-topped car pulls up, and more people get out. They are followed by a third car.

The Bride’s car arrives. When she gets out, she is carrying a large bouquet of flowers. Her father is also with her and dressed in a dressed in a morning suit with a top hat. The newlyweds leave the church and get into a waiting car.

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