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Duration 3:11

The Canterbury Tour – Part 2

This is a film taken from the back of a truck with the cameraman filming everything in his wake. It starts at one end of Canterbury and takes us to the other end. We see a procession of shops along the old medieval streets of the town. The film shows a good deal of motorcar traffic and cyclist traffic. We also see some leisure and business pursuits. The cameraman drives past and takes in the Stardust ballrooms and we also see the cattle market below the city walls.


In 1920 Britain was in a time of change. There was still a lot of adjusting going on to the changes brought by the Great War. There was also an increasing divide between the more prosperous Midlands and South and the industrial areas of the North and South Wales that were in decline. New technology such as the motorcar was becoming more common, although most transport was still horse drawn.

Interesting or important points about the film

As with part 1 of the tour, there is much to note in this film about the details of daily life. Transportation methods feature strongly. We also get to see the police in action and a hint of people at work and play.

Please note that this video is silent.

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