• Short Summary

    Ancient custom carried out in the streets of a Cornwall Town - men dressed as horses welcome Summer.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Cornwall. The Padstow 'Hobby Hoss' - whose origin is buried in oblivion & has been held from time immemorial to 'welcome in Summer' - sound filmed for first time."

    Padstow, Cornwall.

    Strange festival taking place in the streets of Padstow. In the distance is a man dressed in a very stylised horse costume. Other people in costume can also be seen. One of the shops in the street is advertising 'Hovis' bread.

    The Padstow Hobby Hoss comes out of a building watched by a group, he is being led by a man in a very odd costume - something like a Morris Dancer. People are singing in the background. The man in the horse-like costume keeps backing into the crowd and moving them back - this appears to be part of the custom. Several of the women in the crowd are laughing.

    A different street. Two Hobby Hoss men are in the midst of a crowd. In the background is a large advert for "Jewellers Stationers Fancy Stores - May's". The two horse characters are running at each other.

    Another small gathering with 'The Hoss'. The man leading him stops to make a quick running repair to the horse costume.

    (Natural sound track only - No commentary)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:54:00 / 01:25:50:00

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