Enjoy historic images of Congleton in Cheshire, with a selection of short vintage films.
Angling Competition (1938)
In 1938, the newsreel filmed participants arriving for the largest angling competition the north had ever seen.
It starts with people flocking through the railway station turnstiles, then we see the men, women and children lining the canal in the hopes of a good catch.
Returning War Hero (1945)
In 1945, the Lord Mayor, American troops and Congleton’s townsfolk turned out to celebrate the arrival of Sargeant Eardley, V.C. M.M. & Croix de Guerre.
He captured a German General and his staff at Antwerp, and single handedly wiped out three machine gun posts.
Congleton Hails The Conquering Hero (1945): British Pathé (YouTube)
As he returned home to his terraced house at 17 Lion Street, his wife comes to greet him. We don’t see his children Janet and John in the abive clip, but they are there in the one below.
This is a less clear version, but includes many more shots of local people and we get to hear Sargeant Eardley speak to the camera:
British sargeant returns home to Congleton (1945): British Pathé (YouTube)