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Mitchell and Kenyon: View of the Morecambe Sea Front (1901)


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Views along Morecambe sea front, filmed from a moving (unseen) tram. A group of people posed for camera, one man holding a horse's reigns. The sea can be seen beyond. The tram follows the promenade passing rows of stationary horse-drawn carriages and people promenading, many holding umbrellas as sunshades. At the end of a stone jetty is a low building with a smoking chimney. A group of people, mainly little boys, stand waving at the camera. A sign reads: 'West End Pier. 2.30 & 7.30. 3d. Full Variety Company. Promenade Concert Every Morning'. Little boys run ahead of camera waving.

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People walk along the promenade with views of the beach to the left. There is a half-completed tower in the distance. Lines of empty horse-drawn carriages await passengers. The camera follows a gentle bend in the promenade and moves nearer to the tower. A store with sign 'Goughs Jewellers'. Sign for promenade concerts. A queue of men, women and children in front of the Winter Gardens building wave at the camera. The building displays the sign 'Winter Gardens. Twice Daily. 6d'. Open-top traffic passes the front of the Gardens with signs for the company 'Waterworth' and 'Ogden's Cigarettes'.

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Promenaders (children, adults, women pushing prams, dogs) walk along the sea front. There is a horse-drawn tram in the far distance. Some people sit on seats under the overlapping roof of a pier(?) building. It is a windy day, and many hold on to their hats. Children look at the camera.