Burton On Trent History In Old Photos And Film

Burton upon Trent local history old photos & film

Burton upon Trent, is a market town in East Staffordshire, also known as Burton on Trent, Burton-on-Trent, or even simply as Burton. It’s now home to the National Brewery Centre, building on its fame as a brewery town.

Thanks to Peter Lomas from Pixabay for the use of the image above.

Burton On Trent In The 1930s

George Cummings Walks 135 Miles (1930)

Published to YouTube on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé.

Full title reads: To Burton … On Burton! 

“Veteran 66-year-old George Cummings averages five miles an hour in the 135-mile walk from London … on beer!!”

London. Speed walker George Cummings begins his walk standing by one of the statues of Lions in Trafalgar Square, London. A small crowd is there to see him off. 

Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. A car leads George through the streets of Burton. Crowds have turned out to watch him arrive. George is greeted by the Mayor of Burton. He is poured a glass of beer from a bottle. He takes a long drink of the product for which Burton is famous.

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Local History Videos Through The Ages

Burton upon Trent History Video

Published on 2 Nov 2013 by DCVL Auto Diagnostics.

Local video about the Town of Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. For people who wish to learn more about the town, from war to bridges, waterways, the local breweries, trades, schools, and public houses.

Note: the volume is quiet so you’ll need to adjust your device to hear the narrative.

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Wurlitzer Organ Town Hall Burton-on-Trent 

Published on 28 Jul 2009 by ReginaldDixonMBE.

The Burton Wurlitzer. The Town Hall Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire. Organ Concerts, Ballroom Dancing “The Blackpool Sound” Burton CAMRA Beer Festival, Burton Wurlitzer Theatre Organ Community.

Pictures and music of the organ are accompanied by written detail about the instrument’s journey from the USA to the UK and the musicians who have used it during the years.

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Burton In The 1940s

Parade of North Staffordshire Regiment & Staffordshire Yeomanry (1946)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.  

Elevated shot of the parade in the Town Hall square where the North Staffordshire regiment and the Staffordshire Yeomanry stand to attention. 

 The mayor presents the Freedom of the Borough to the high ranking officer. A war veteran watches the parade. 

High angle shot of parade marching through the town square.

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Staffordshire Regt Freedom Of Burton-On-Trent (1946)

Published on 13 Apr 2014 by British Pathé. Unissued / unused material. 

North Staffordshire Regiment and the Staffordshire Yeomanry receive the freedom of Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. 

Councillor W. P. Wibberley presents something to an army officer as they stand on a dais.  

Soldiers, showing North Staffordshire badge and hat. 

Ex-servicemen and soldiers march through streets lined with crowds of people.

 Finally, troops line up in front of the dais.  

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Burton upon Trent In The 1970s

BBC Songs of Praise (1978)

Published on 11 Dec 2017 by Ian Webster. 

Found on an old VHS tape, filmed at St. Chad’s Church in Burton upon Trent, Staffs. in 1978. 

There are about 40 seconds of another programme before Songs of Praise starts.

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Burton In The 1980s

Streetlife (1986)

Published on 20 Sep 2018 by burt fest.

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A Look Back At The Town & Its Residents (1980s)

Published to YouTube on 8 Jul 2014 by Andrew Green. 

Almost 8 minutes of quick clips showing Burton on Trent and its residents in the 1980s, set to old skool rave anthem.

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Central Park Bridge Brewery (1987?)

Published to YouTube on 4 May 2012 by SP00NY

Includes Central Park, Burton Upon Trent. Beer, Burton Bridge Brewery. 1987? Bargates Nightclub.

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BBC2 Documentary About Tim Bedford (1980s/90s)

Published to YouTube on 12 Mar 2013 by Ted England.

Programme from BBC 2 in the late 1908s/the early 1990s. Tim Bedford first worked as an engineer at Rolls-Royce in Derby, gaining a degree in engineering after completing his apprenticeship and working on many major projects, particularly in developing fuel systems.

After moving to Burton in the early 1960s, Mr. Bedford conceived the idea of a small watercraft with an inboard engine and a propellor hidden in a tunnel below the waterline — the first jet ski. 

He was often seen trying out his prototypes on the River Trent and by 1970 his invention was featured on BBC television’s Tomorrow’s World and, more esoterically, used by evil aliens the Cybermen in Dr. Who in an episode filled on the River Avon in Bristol.

However, having taken many years to finally perfect his craft, which he called The SurfBlazer and which was manufactured by his company Dynamic Developments Ltd in Horninglow Street, the Ministry of Defence’s Naval Department placed a secrecy order on the completed invention for several months. 

His former wife, Olive Bedford, of Park Lane, Tutbury, said that was “a great cliff-hanger for his financial commitments, especially to his family.”

The SurfBlazer continued to be manufactured and sold from Horninglow Street until his financial backers decided they wanted to move the company to new premises in Ipswich. 

Mrs. Bedford said her then-husband, not wishing to be “harnessed” by big business, disposed of his patent rights and began work on his next project.

That proved how far ahead of his time he really was for, recognising the problems the planet’s finite fossil-fuel resources would eventually present, he worked on ways to run cars and diesel engines on methane and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) using a simple conversion kit.

Incredibly, there were at the time strict Government restrictions on how and when such engines could be used for fear of losing tax income from petrol and diesel sales, notwithstanding the environmental benefits.

However, following the oil crisis of the mid-1970s, his new company Blue Chip sold patents around the world and met dozens of political and scientific leaders.

Mrs. Bedford described her former husband as “a flamboyant figure around Stapenhill” and said:

 “Tim was a very brilliant engineer able to envisage a simple way of working out the most complicated of projects. As a creative engineer, he couldn’t be harnessed, which annoyed most of his financial backers. The sad end to this story is that at this moment in time, Tim died a poor man, but without a shadow of a doubt he was a very successful man. Worldwide patents are held by his company on his most exciting breakthrough — perfecting the running of diesel engines on LPG.” 

Mr. Bedford is survived by five children and four grandchildren.

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Burton-On-Trent In The 1990s

Burton On Trent Buses (1990)

Published on 21 Oct 2014 by DaveSpencer32.

An extract of a DVD showing local buses in operation in July 1990.

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Burton On Trent Buses (1994)

Published on 21 Oct 2014 by DaveSpencer32.

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Burton On Trent Buses (1998)

Published on 24 Oct 2014 by DaveSpencer32.

This video is a clip of a DVD which is available for sale.

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