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Scenes from a Yorkshire Village in about 1970

This vintage home movie features scenes from a Yorkshire village which were probably taken in about 1970 by a photographer who also lived in Yorkshire.

About the film

This film was another in a small collection which was included when I bought a 7 inch standard 8 film of New York a few days ago. It is a standard 8, Kodachrome II film on a 3 inch reel and is in pretty good condition with good colour retention and no fungus or other damage.

Yorkshire village Screen shots

The images in the gallery below show the main scenes of the film in the order they appear when the film is viewed.

Yorkshire village film

The film has four scenes really;

  • Some views of a garden with some elderly homeowners
  • Shots of boats on a river
  • A lady in the kitchen of a house preparing a meal
  • Views of a Yorkshire village

It’s obviously impossible to know exactly what is going on in the film after the passage of so much time, and with the people in it being unknown, but this is the narrative I’ve attached to the film1.

I think the first few shots show the photographer’s parents in the garden of their home, showing off their well tended garden to the camera. They are obviously proud of the garden and like to keep a record of it to view in future years.

This is followed by some shots of a local river where people can hire boats to take for a cruise. The river is quite close to the photographer’s house so he likes to go and view the boats occasionally but this is the first time he’s taken his camera.

When he (or she) returned home, his wife is in the kitchen preparing a meal for later. They have a chat, and whilst he is standing talking he records the kitchen on the camera which is still with him. For the time, the kitchen is reasonably well appointed and the photographer is proud of the new water heater they have just had fitted so he’s pleased to get some film of it.

The next day the photographer takes a trip to a local village to finish the film in the camera, and some friends joint him and his wife for the trip. It’s only a short coach trip to the village and he manages to take some interesting shots of the layout of the village and their day out before the film ends.

Of course, this is probably completely wrong but why not have a go and see what you come up with? If you want to try, please post your alternative in the comments section.

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A software developer by profession and an amateur photographer by hobby I've been interested in all things photographic since I was a teenager some 40 years ago. Many of my interests centre around vintage film photography and cinematography.

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