Bank holiday special: Bristol film double bill

Bristol in the 1920s:

Very rare moving pictures of Bristol (UK) filmed 80 years ago. A world in which old cars, buses, lorries and motorcycles share the roads with trams and a surprising number of horses and carts. A charabanc and even a hand-pulled cart are glimpsed. Policemen direct traffic, women exhibit the ‘flapper’ look, men wear hats or caps. Clips feature The Centre, Corn Street, Bristol Bridge, Park Street, The Docks, Bedminster Bridge, Redcliff Hill, and Ashton Swing Bridge.

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Hat tip: _saturnine

Wills’s Girls:

Created for 2002, pupils from Luckwell Primary School were invited to interview local people about their memories of the Wills tobacco factories in South Bristol (UK) – once the largest employer in the area. Using contemporary and archive photographs, I created this online story based on those recollections.

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8 Responses to Bank holiday special: Bristol film double bill

  1. inks says:

    Great 1920’s movie!

    Maybe if the proposal was to run trams along the cyclepath it’d go down better.

  2. Lenka Bliss says:

    This is amazing! :)) 1920’s Bristol, wow! 🙂 Thanks for sharing :))

  3. badnewswade says:

    I love the way it’s still recognisably Bristol. Great images from Ye Olden Tymes!

  4. Gill says:

    I see that they are still using the same First buses from back in Old times 🙂

  5. Chris Hutt says:

    Interesting to see that quite heavy traffic and pedestrians appear to mix without too many mishaps in the absence of our modern traffic management systems. Could it be the low speeds (enforced by cart horses!) that allow this to work?

  6. badnewswade says:

    Almost certainly; is it just me or is a lot of the reputed gentility of Ye Olden Days down to the sheer relaxed pace?

  7. Ella says:

    Is it legal to get a horse and cart and just ride it down the road?

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