Short clip from the BFI of a train going over the old railway bridge in 1898, passing through the old Barnstaple town station.
Quite fascinating to see moving pictures from very nearly 120 years ago. Plenty of architecture still recognisable today!
The final clip from the first lot of footage sent to me by Walter Parsley’s granddaughter. Walter was landlord of Mugfords in the 1960s and would film Barnstaple life from outside the pub.
There is some more of his footage in Barnstaple Videos.
Barnstaple Life – Vintage cine footage shot by Walter Parsley in the early to mid 1960s.
Walter was landlord of Mugfords (The Golden Lion Tap) at the time, and obviously enjoyed using his camera from his front doorstep.
I’m going to guess that this footage was shot not long after the Long Bridge was re-opened after the widening works that were featured in this first video: Barnstaple Long Bridge, since the main focus seems to be the roundabout at the end of the Long Bridge, which would have been a brand-spanking new layout at the time.
Here’s the next bit of footage from the vintage film taken around the time of when the Long Bridge was widened in 1963.
Also included is a bit of home movie, showing the cameraman’s young relations enjoying a merry-go-round at Barnstaple fair. I was going to edit that part out – but decided to leave it in since how often does one get to see colour footage from the very early 60s of Barnstaple Fair? Not often. 🙂
The first part of this footage is here – Barnstaple Long Bridge Widening 1963
Some great cine footage of the last major widening work being carried out on Barnstaple’s historic Long Bridge.