BSA: 1953 Rushes, Reel 1.00

Back to the Eli Simpson film rushes page:   In 1953 The British Speleological Association initiated a project under the leadership of Eli Simpson to make a 16┬ámm film about limestone caves in the Yorkshire Dales called "Birth of a Yorkshire River". They had a number of sessions filming both on the surface and underground, experimenting with both monochrome and Kodachrome film. The project was eventually abandoned, but the rushes were discovered in the Eli Simpson Archive held by the BCRA. This set of monochrome rushes were shot on May 10th 1953, and were the the first. They show some scenes outside Ingleborough Cave; some shots of the path up to Trow Gill; the entrance to Foxholes; and some shots of Trow Gill itself. It ends with shots of someone, thought to be Norman Hinchcliffe, with a rucksac outside Cat Holes. Points to note are the show cave building which has now been replaced and relocated, and the lines of tree trunks lying on and around the path at the top of Trow Gill.