Yorkshire nostalgia: Archive film shows Dales day with a difference

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This film, courtesy of Yorkshire Film Archive, shows life in Yorkshire in the past...

Made by Charles Chislett for the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS), this film - available to view on the Yorkshire Film Archive website - documents a trip to the Yorkshire Dales organized for underprivileged children who lived in urban areas. During their trip, the boys stay at a amp just outside the village of Kettlewell. The film includes footage of the village as well as the boys’ walks around the countryside.

The film begins looking down onto Burnsall and Burnsall Bridge followed by scenes of the surrounding countryside.

A title reads: “A week in the Yorkshire Dales comes as more than a change. It’s an excursion into a new world. Kettlewell in Wharfedale lies high up in the dale where the pastures meet the wild moorland.”

There are more views of the surrounding dale.

One of the CPAS leaders collects coal in a bucket and a group of boys race out of a building and do some pretend washing in the open before breaking sticks to light a fire. Two men unblock the chimney. The boys set up some benches outside on which to sit to listen to the vicar give a talk.

The boys race down to the village where a woman is tending flowers...

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