This Old Video Footage Captured English Traffic Scenes from the 1890s
This footage captured early English traffic scenes in various locations and various dates between 1896-1903. According to youtuber British Pathé this film may include the world’s earliest moving image of a steam powered road vehicle.
A full breakdown of the film 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.
Credit: British Pathé