BORDERS LOCAL NEWSREELS NO. 1, HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 1

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Places:

  • Borders
  • Roxburghshire
  • Selkirkshire

Subjects:

  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Ceremonies
  • Media, communication and the creative industries
  • Military

Genres:

  • Local topical

Decade:

  • 1900s

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Title: BORDERS LOCAL NEWSREELS NO. 1, HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 1

Reference number: 0791

Date: 1899 - 1906c

Director: [filmed by David Gaylor]

Production company: [ Border Kinematograph Co.]

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 2.33 mins

Description: Scenes of local life, including Hawick and Selkirk Common Riding, Lord Robert's visit to Hawick and laying the foundation stone of Jedburgh Town Hall.

Donor's grandfather David Gaylor established the Border Kinematograph Co c. 1899, operating until c. 1906 in Borders towns. See research notes and contemporary press cuttings.

Shotlist: [HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 1]
No credits. Shots from street corner in Border town , probably High St Hawick, of people as they parade through crowded streets with a brass band, shots of men on horseback, possibly police, open carriages and charabancs, pipe band (2.25) - Blank - (2.33)

[HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 2]
No credits. Static shot of parade or special walk along country lane with some people on horseback, some in carriages, several women with parasols. Parade takes place in Nipknows (3.19) - Blank (3.27)

[HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 3]
No credits. Shots of horse race along country road in Nipknows, followed by people in carriages with umbrellas (4.23) - Blank (4.29)

(DISPLAY OF HORSEMANSHIP)
No credits. Shot of open air display by [possibly] members of the horseguards regiment? in the Park, Hawick (5.50) - Blank - (5.54)

[TAKEN AT BELHAVEN]
No credits. Soldiers on horseback ride past camera followed by horse-drawn carriage (7.09) mounted soldiers jump fence, one horse refuses [Military uniforms resemble those of South African troops] (7.43) - Blank (7.50)

(HAWICK COMMON RIDING - "SNUFFING")
No credits. Shots of crowds, mostly men, milling about in streets. In the midst of the crowd, the horn of snuff is passed from one man to another and the crowd surges around them (8.25) - Blank - (8.29)

[HAWICK COMMON RIDING NO. 4]
No credits. Shots of group of people standing on bridge over River Teviot at Hawick and shots of others walking across (8.41) shot of another group mainly children, beside a wall (8.47) bridge again (8.56) children again (8.59) - blank - (9.03)

[TOLL SELKIRK COMMON RIDING]
No credits. Horses and riders race along country road watched by groups of spectators. One trips and falls. (9.21) riders ford River Ettrick and men watch from nearest bank. One doffs straw boater to riders as they pass (10.02) more shots of riders on road again led by Burgh Standard Bearer. The field gradually widens (10.38) - blank - (10.58)

[reel 2 on 35mm starts here]

[SELKIRK COMMON RIDING NO. 1]
No credits. View from toll, large crowds of people mill about and then shots of groups by roadside, including Burgh Officer dressed in top hat and tails (11.20) rider with flag gallops past camera on country road, followed by others, also on horseback (12.27) townspeople parade in their finery through streets (13.36) shots of crowds and brass band with banner being carried (13.57) pipe band appears followed by men on horseback (14.26) - blank - (14.35)

(STREET LIFE)
No credits. [very dense] Shots of pedestrians in town street as people on bicycles pass by. Horse-drawn cart passes (14.55) - Blank - (15.01)

[SELKIRK COMMON RIDING 1901 AND JEDBURGH TOWN HALL]
No credits. Shots of street procession with spectators watching brass band and riders on horseback as the Craft Standard Bearers are followed by the Burgh Standard Bearer (17.11) man on raised platform performs ceremony of "Casting the Colours" watched by large crowds (18.37) shots of brass band leading parade of military or police carrying rifles, civic officials in tile hats and morning dress, some wearing sashes and others carrying staffs? Banner for Royal Burgh of Jedburgh (20.27) Civic officials appear on platform erected on scaffolding on face of public building under construction, probably Town Hall, as ceremony is performed and memorial stone laid in position, possibly Buccleuch Memorial (22.00) - blank - (22.06)

[LORD ROBERTS' VISIT TO HAWICK]
No credits. Spectators watch procession of coaches which carry dignitaries including Lord Roberts. Shots of crowds milling about on open ground (22.35) - Blank - (22.41)

(PROCESSION CONTINUED)
No credits. Soldiers in uniform, possibly Border Rifles (Volunteers), \march past the camera. Carriages pass by as spectators watch from grass verge (23.20). [Possibly a continuation of LORD ROBERTS' VISIT TO HAWICK]