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Archive films of the two counties
Film reel
The archive newsreels were originally shown in cinemas

A host of archive films, many made in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, are now available on the website of British Pathe News.

The films, some dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, were originally shown in cinemas.

They include film of Winston Churchill receiving the freedom of the City of Worcester, and Don Bradman putting Worcestershire's bowlers to the sword.

Preview versions of the films can by watched free of charge.

Churchill in Worcester

Winston Churchill
Churchill at the Yalta conference on World War Two.

British Pathe News made two newsreel films of Winston Churchill's visit to Worcester, to be given the freedom of the city.

Huge crowds lined the streets to welcome the war-time leader.

Bradman on film

Don Bradman batting at Worcester in 1948
Bradman made 107 in 142 minutes at New Road in 1948

There are five films about Don Bradman playing against Worcestershire on their website .

In four innings, Bradman made three double centuries and a century.

Floods on film

Floods in Worcester 1965
Traffic and public transport ground to a halt

The floods of 1965 are not the worst on record, but archive film from British Pathe News reveals how badly they affected Worcester.

At the height of the floods, the River Severn was 15 feet 10 inches (4.82m) above its normal level.

The house on rollers

House being moved
The operation to move the house took 14 hours

In 1965, a 17th century black and white house, in Hereford's High Town, was moved on rollers to allow a new shop to be built.

The 70 ton building stood in High Town for some months while the shell of the new building was put up.

Gheluvelt Park

The opening of Gheluvelt park in 1922
Soldiers drawn up outside Gheluvelt park for the official opening

You can watch a newsreel film of the official opening of Gheluvelt park, in 1922.

The film shows Lord Ypres arriving to open the park, and inspecting a guard of honour of soldiers, drawn up on the road outside the park.

Other films

1965 floods on archive news film
15 Dec 09 |  History
Bradman at Worcester archive film
15 Dec 09 |  History
The day the High Town house moved
10 Dec 09 |  History
Churchill in Nelson's footsteps
11 Dec 09 |  History
Gheluvelt Park: video & history
09 Dec 09 |  History



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