County of the White Rose - Yorkshire, England's Largest County
(Series: Our Island)

'It is only a short distance from the rock and heather of unsheltered moors to the peaceful Yorkshire dales–a rapid change of scene that is one of the county’s greatest charms. High up on the Pennine Range the winters are severe, and the thick-walled farmhouses are built of solid grey stone to withstand the piercing wind and cold. Below on the fertile plain, the villages retain their ancient traditions and old-world architectural charm, while keeping abreast of modern invention. Yorkshire is richly endowed with historic buildings. Grim memories haunt Bolton Castle, where once Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Fountains Abbey, now a picturesque ruin, was founded by six monks in 1139.
York Minster, most famous building of all, was built in 627. The Minster has survived many dangers and, though twice nearly destroyed by fire, still dominates the city and is a rallying point for the churchmen of the northern province.' [1]

Date: 1933
Duration: 11:--

Director: Robin J. Carruthers
Production Company: Alba/TIDA
Producer: -
Cinematographer: James A. Rogers
Composer: Alfred Filer
Narration: Harry J. Clifford
Editor: Robin J. Carruthers
Sound Recording: -
Song sung by: Thorpe Bates

Length: 35mm: 960ft. 16mm:385ft.

Distributors: L.M.B. Denmark House, Denmark Street, W.C.2.


Credits listed here are taken from the British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 255, ref: 06591 and The Yorkshire Film Archive's entry for this title[2] . The YFA also lists this film as being a part of a series entitled Our Island.

Summary of content, taken from the Yorkshire Film Archive's entry for //County of the White Rose//:

'The film starts with shots of the Dales and a flowery description of their beauty. A choir sings a rendition of On Ilkley Moor accompanied by general views of the moors as well as a look at the architecture of the rural housing including cottages and farms in the village of Keld. Also featured are Bolton Castle, Richmond Castle, and Bolton Abbey with spoken History.
Within the city of York, the film shows the Minster, City wall and Shambles. Finally, in Ripon, there is a Horn Blower accompanied with informative voiced commentary.'
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43
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