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January 10, 2016

Early Footage Captured English Traffic Scenes From the 1890s

According to British Pathé this film may include the world's earliest moving image of a steam powered road vehicle. The footage captured early English traffic scenes in various locations and various dates from between 1896-1903.

A full breakdown of the film is below:
  • Sunderland Bridge (1896) - Poor pedestrian, horse drawn carts, wagons and bus travel across bridge at Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
  • Boar Lane, Leeds (1903) - Pedestrians, horse carts wagons and electric tram cross large open cross roads near Boar Lane, Leeds, Yorkshire.
  • Outside The Bank of England, London (1897) - Dense horse drawn traffic in front of the Bank, a few pedestrians try to pick their way between the buses and carriages.
  • Hyde Park Corner, London (1897) - Hyde Park corner looking towards the park gates, pedestrians crowd the pavements, carriages and horse buses pass by.
  • Newcastle Street, Tyne and Wear (1903) - Motor wagon, motor car, and horse drawn wagon pass along street, pavement is lined with onlookers.
  • Westminster Bridge, London - View across bridge to House of Parliament and Big Ben. Traffic passes in foreground.
  • Tower Bridge, London - Views of horse drawn buses and traffic crossing Bridge.
  • Empire Theatre - Ext of cinema showing Lumiere films. Handsome cabs draw up.
  • Piccadilly Circus, London - Statue of Eros. People walk in foreground. Buses carry adverts for Cadbury's and Lipton's. (Some shots repeated).
  • Horseguard's Parade, London - Short bleak shot of cavalry soldiers riding.
  • Bradford Square, Yorkshire (1903) - Square at Bradford crowded with pedestrians, civilian band crosses square watched by small crowd a steam tram also crosses the square.
  • London Bridge, London (1896) - View across the bridge with horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians crossing the bridge.
  • Street Entertainers (Minstrels) - Blacked up entertainers sing and dance to a small crowd in the open street.


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