Newark people and the markets, streets, vehicles and events of yesteryear are seen in a fascinating selection of films, slides, and photos from the 1920s to the early 70s.
Locals might spot relatives in several great open air events - for instance the Pageant of 1936 and the Sunday School Treat Days of the 1950s. In another, the Newark Carnival of 1936, two great local characters appear……the “King and Queen of Carnival”, Norman Taylor, and John Woodall.
There’s a tour of the town in colour in the early 1970s and historic steam trains and railway artefacts are seen at and around Northgate Station. The programme includes the enthronement of the Bishop of Southwell in 1964 and glimpses of Sutton on Trent, Averham, and Farndon.
Highlights include “A Market Town”, a ten-minute film about Newark on a market day in 1942, although the town wasn’t named for wartime security reasons.
A flock of sheep are being shepherded to market along the Great North Road (no by-pass then). The film was commissioned by the British Council from Gaumont-British reputedly to help introduce newly arrived American GIs to Britain.
"A Market Town" can be seen HERE for free on the British Council's site but the DVD offers an opportunity to own a copy or pass it on as a gift.
Filmmaker Andrew Blow beganBygone Newark because his own family archive contained a short film of the town. He thanks many contributors and helpers not least the Newark Advertiser as sponsors, Newark Library, and Newark Town Council. PRICE INCLUDES P & P.
Bygone Newark & District DVD
Films of Newark and District from 1929 to 1972, including the wartime "A Market Town."