Glimpse history through old images of Arundel, West Sussex, England.
Duke of Norfolk’s Funeral 1917
Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, died on 11th February 1917, at the age of 57.
His funeral procession is captured in a beautiful shot with the castle in the background.
There’s also an establishing shot, showing the castle from the bridge, with nearby buildings.
Funeral Of The Late Duke Of Norfolk (1917) – British Pathé on YouTube
A second piece of footage shows the same shots, but in a different order.
Funeral Of Duke Of Norfolk (1917) – British Pathé on YouTube
Duke of Norfolk 1923
In 1923, Lady Rachel Fitzalan-Howard enjoyed her ‘coming out’ ball (a debutante ball, a presentation to the wealthy and titled that one of their own was now old enough to consider marriage).
The Duke, Bernard Marmaduke Fitzalan-Howard, and his side-saddle riding sister then held a meet at the castle, with participants off to hunt foxes through the countryside.
England’s Premier Duke (1923) – British Pathé on YouTube
Duke & Duchess 1937
As the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk arrive at Arundel Castle following their honeymoon, local people came out in large numbers to greet the newlyweds.
Includes some lovely footage of Arundel’s streets and market square, as well as a huge ‘Welcome Home’ banner with the castle on its hill above.
A really nice newsreel with some lovely shots of the town and its residents.
Duke and Duchess of Norfolk return to Arundel Castle after their honeymoon (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube
Here’s a second newsreel of the same event. And again, there are some great shots of the local streets and buildings, as well as arrival at the castle.
Arundels Welcome To The Duke And Duchess Of Norfolk (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube
Horse Show 1937
The Duchess of Norfolk presented the prizes at the Horse Show in the grounds of Arundel Park in 1937.
Duchess of Norfolk presents prizes at Arundel horse show (1937) – British Pathé on YouTube
Princess Royal 1938
In 1938, the young Princess Royal, later to become Queen Elizabeth II, inspected a parade of the British Red Cross Society in the castle’s estate. The Duke of Norfolk was there too.
Princess Royal at Arundel Castle (1938)- British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1951
Short black and white silent footage of a cricket match ends with nice shots of the castle.
Cricket At Arundel Castle (1951) – British Pathé on YouTube
Royal Visit 1954
In 1954, Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, the Queen Mother, inspected the troops of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Sussex Regiment, at Arundel Castle.
Towards the end of this brief newsreel, the troops process along Arundel’s high street. There’s a couple of lovely shots looking up the hill at the procession, the shops and spectators on each side. As the camera pans round, you can see some of the buildings more clearly.
We also see a large group of older veterans from World War I, proudly marching along at a quick pace. It’s 40 years after they served in the deadly conflict, so they will be aged 60 upwards.
Sussex Regiment Honoured (1954) – British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1954
The Duke of Norfolk flipped a coin at the start of a cricket match between his team and a Canadian team captained by Trestrail, at the grounds of Arundel Castle in 1954.
Bank Holiday News – Arundel Cricket (1954) – British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1957
Another cricket match filmed in the grounds of Arundel Castle was between the teams headed by the Duke of Norfolk and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Holiday Roundup (1957) – British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1960
Black and whote silent footage shows a cricket match in the castle grounds between the Duke’s team and the South African team.
Players included Griffin, Gray, Goddard, Barrington, Duckworth, Mckennon, Wesley, Roy Marshall, Fellows-Smith, Tayfield, Miller, Watson, Fred Titmus, Godfrey Evans, Pithey, Shackleton and McGlew.
Duke Of Norfolk Xi Versus S Africa Cricket (1960) – British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1963
Another sporting newsreel filmed in the castle grounds records the cricket match between Duke of Norfolk’s eleven and a team from the West Indies.
W. Indies In Action (1963) – British Pathé on YouTube
RAF Dogs 1966
In 1966 the castle grounds hosted a demonstration by the RAF (Royal Air Force) handlers and their dogs, overseen by the Duchess of Norfolk ,Hon. Lady Lavinia Strutt.
Dogs’ Big Day, Cats Away (1966) – British Pathé on YouTube
Cricket Match 1968
Black and white silent footage records a cricket match in the castle grounds, with Peter May and A.W. Greig batting for the Norfolk’s team, and Laury and Redpath batting for the Australians, along with Bob Cowper and Paul Sheehan.
Play was stopped by rain.
Australian Touring Team V Norfolk’s Xi (1968) – British Pathé on YouTube