Hereford Memories



Hereford in old films

The picturesque and historic City of Hereford is fortunate to have been the subject chosen by several local film-makers during the 20th Century. Thanks to their interest in the area we are able to see for the first time a compilation of films which chart the ever-changing face of this beautiful City.
Amongst the earliest recordings we can see a May Fair, held in the City centre around 1908, which includes enchanting sequences of locals enjoying the thrill of the rides and side-shows. Marvel at street-scenes shot before the Great War, and early images of crowds gathering to watch the Regatta. See the local men parading through the streets on a Recruitment March around the County.
Relive the colourful celebrations as we see clips of a Floral Fete in 1951, Coronation celebrations of 1953 and the RAF receiving the Freedom of the City in 1959.
Enjoy sequences of the City’s sporting and social scene – including a local dance in 1952, and the huge crowds which gathered to watch Hereford United FC take on Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup, 1958.
The ever-developing landscape of the City is vividly illustrated through the use of film shot of landmarks being built and demolished: the construction of Greyfriars Bridge (1964-67), and the demolition of the Kemble Theatre in 1963.
This video offers viewers a unique opportunity to reflect on the history and changing scenery of one of the most enchanting of English Cities.

Hereford Remembered

‘A remarkable portrait of a remarkable city’ Cider, salmon, cattle and hops. The May Fairs, the markets, Edward Elgar and the River Wye. With its Cathedral and black and white houses, its historic High Town and its prestigious Arts Centre and Left Bank, Hereford has a rich past and a vibrant present. Now, the recent history of this beautiful borderland city is brought to life in a new and evocative video portrait. Told in the words of the local people and written by Herefordshire author Bill Laws, this memorable story covers: school times, sporting achievements, shops, entertainments, everyday working lives, and the troubled times of the War years. Illustrated with fine film footage and with outstanding photographs from the collections of Hereford Museum and the county reminiscence group, Hereford Lore, this is a remarkable portrait of a remarkable city.