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.