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  • Short Summary

    Prince Edward looks at a new housing development and lays first sod of new cricket pitch.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown

    Wrexham, Wales.

    Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor) walking with local dignitaries around housing estate. He walks into a half finished house. He inspects another house.

    Crowds of children run forwards to line route of Prince Edward's walk. He ceremonially lays a piece of turf.

    Views of a building site / workshop.

    The Prince's car drives away along crowd lined street.

    Note: a Pathe website user has provided additional information about this film.

    This visit to Wrexham took place on Friday 18th May 1934. As Patron of the National Council of Social Services he visited projects aimed at helping to relieve the deprivation caused by high employment. This was the last day of a three day of North Wales. The film shows the Prince calling at a number of newly built Council properties in Trevenna Way, Spring Lodge, Wrexham. He moved on to Rhosllanerchrugog, near Wrexham where an area of old spoil heaps, known as Ponkey Banks had been reclaimed as the new Ponciau Recreation Ground playing fields. The film shows the Prince laying the first sod of a new cricket pitch. He later visited a craft centre at Brymbo Steelworks near Wrexham before moving on to Flintshire where he visited the "33 Club" at Shotton, a social club for the unemployed, and then a children's play area at Queensferry, which had been reclaimed from the derelict pit head area of the former Aston Colliery. It is not clear which of these three projects are shown on the newsreel.

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    Film ID:
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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:07:48:00 / 01:10:46:00
    UN 97 A

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