So This Is Lancashire - The Industrial Achievements and Progress of Lancashire

'Two hundred years ago soft water and water wheels were helping to make Lancashire the World’s industrial centre. Of even greater importance was the mechanical genius of Lancashire men. The inventions of men like Kay, Hargreaves, Arkwright and Crompton are still in use to-day.
Early in the 19th century steam engines took the place of old water wheels and turned the world from a pastoral to a mechanical civilisation. Lancashire became the hub of England’s prosperity. Dyeing and bleaching grew in importance with cotton and the raw materials close to hand. Industries which grew up as a result made Lancashire one of the principal chemical centres.
Soft water attracted paper-makers, local ingredients were used for glass, hats and linoleum. An engineering industry was built up to equip the cotton-mill. To link the great centres of industry a network of communications was developed. The Manchester Ship Canal made Manchester one of Britain’s most important ports. Huge ships were built in Barrow-in-Furness.
The building of railway engines was yet another development, then came electricity, and electric coal-cutting machines supplanted the pick and shovel, and coal in turn was used to create more electrical energy.
So Lancashire – where modern industry first began – continues its march of progress.' [1]

Date: 1935
Duration: 22:--

Director: Donald Taylor
Production Company: Strand/TIDA
Producer: -
Cinematographer: George Noble
Composer: John Foulds
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -

Length: 35mm: 2000ft. 16mm: 800ft.

Distributors: Zenifilms


This film was almost certainly produced as a result of a substantial donation made to TIDA by the Lancashire Industrial Development Council.[2]

Lancashire, Home of Industry is a silent counterpart to this title.

Credits listed here are taken from the British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 264, ref: 06806.

The British Film Library Catalogue also states that the footage used in this title was originally intended to be used as a part of a film entitled Lancashire at Work. Made by Strand Films for TIDA, it was directed by Donald Taylor and shot by George Noble, as above. As theorised above, it was apparently made for the Lancashire Industrial Development Council. However for some unknown reason it was never distributed in this form or under this title, and the footage was later used in both So This Is Lancashire and Lancashire, Home of Industry.[3]

From August 1937, Films of Britain Leaflet: A Report of National Screen Publicity by TIDA:[4]
The first two sound films produced [by TIDA] were So this is London and, on behalf of the Lancashire Industrial Development Council, So this is Lancashire. ‘Difficulty was experienced, however, in marketing only two films since in some cases film renters purchase short films in batches of six. Further films were therefore produced.’

  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
  2. ^ Ref: TNA T 161-1229 - 'TIDA & HM Treasury'
  3. ^ British Film Library Catalogue, Vol.2, Non-Fiction Film 1888-1994 (2001 Edition), page 256, ref: 06609.
  4. ^ Ref: TNA BW 4-52 - 'Film Department - Outline of Policy (1945)'