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Market Place, Wigan


Colourised  Mitchell and Kenyon Film
Colourised Mitchell and Kenyon Film
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Item #: 35124
A colourised version of the excerpt of film showing Wigan. I must admit I feel very sad watching this.. I wonder If any of the people are my ancestors? How many of the young lads survived World War 1?What sort of lives did they have? It's different looking at photographs Seeing people animated adds something to the experience I think.They all look so happy and everyone is wearing a cap or hat, or in the case of the girls a scarf or hat.
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Comment by: Cyril on 19th May 2024 at 13:18

Strange how the colourisation process has somehow distorted some of the faces - and making them look as though wearing joke shop comical masks or false noses etc., and a lad at the front looks to be wearing a See You Jimmy hat with tufts of ginger hair showing.
There was always crowds in Market Place whenever they were filming like as here and the film with the steam engine, they must have advertised that they would be in town, and they all looked to have enjoyed themselves and having a good time being filmed.

Comment by: Peter Walsh on 19th May 2024 at 18:07

Good photo Ron and i think it is right to take stills and bring so many of these people back to life. As you say they are our ancestors and every frame of the video has something of interest, probably never noticed before. In a video the detail is missed. Looking at each individual in turn i find fascinating. The little man in the centre with the bowler hat and beard and the man in the black cloak and gown like Dracula towards Laces, so many characters and hundreds in the video.

Comment by: RON HUNT on 19th May 2024 at 18:33

Cyril the distortion to the faces it due to it being a still from the film If you open the link and watch the film you don't notice it. The film was made 122 years ago....When cine film was in its infancy.

Comment by: Cyril on 20th May 2024 at 12:09

Peter, your comment about the man in Top Hat and Cloak reminded me of the man who had a stall on the open market, he always wore a Top Hat and flowing Cloak, you never see characters like that anymore, though there is no market to talk of.

Comment by: Bob T. on 22nd May 2024 at 03:28

The cloak worn by the man is actually an Ulster coat - an overcoat with attached cape protecting the shoulders and upper body.
These were often worn by drivers and carters who were exposed to the weather.

Comment by: Colin Traynor on 22nd May 2024 at 18:33

Bob T. That could be Sherlock Holmes disappearing into the crowd!

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