Dale: Kington Shows 53-55 and Eyton Hall Show 1955


Agricultural shows in Herefordshire filmed by Frank Dale including three years' of the Kington Show.





Film type:

B&W/Colour / Silent


Home Movie

Master format:



We open with b/w views of the 1953 Kington Show. In the showground we see displays of horses and cattle, riders on horseback in the arena and parades of Hereford cattle and shire horses. This is followed by a show jumping display and trotting races.

Switching to colour we see a gardener tending the flower beds outside the F. H. Dale works in Leominster. "Show at Kington - 11th September 1954". This section begins with the Dale family walking through the town of Kington towards the showground. In muddy conditions we see people at the show followed by parades of Herefordshire cattle and shire horses. Show jumping follows before we return to the cattle display with Herefords leading other breeds. Prizes are awarded to the owners. The local hunt with hounds are then seen in the arena followed by a demonstration or harness driving. Finally we return to the muddy car-park where some cars require pushing.

"Eyton Hall Show 29th August 1955". Here we see a smaller country show in the grounds of the Dale family's home at Eyton Hall near Leominster. The events involve horse riding and games on horseback, including riders putting on fancy dress. The spectators include Frank Whitehead, vicar of Eye and Yarpole parish). Rosettes are handed out to riders and we see people drinking tea and a group of children packing up the tables and chairs at the end. A short section of a blacksmith shoeing a horse as two girls watch ends this part.

"Kington Show 10th September 1955". Similar scenes to before showing horses in the main arena at Kington. Displays of Shire horses and sheep as well as a parade of cattle and the presentations to livestock owners.


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The Kington shows took place at the recreation ground in Kington. At the Kington Show there are shots of Hereford Cattle judging which were bred a lot smaller in the 1950s for export.
Local South Shropshire sheep breeds, Kerry Hill Farm Sheep and Clun Sheep, also feature.
Mrs Dale organised the Eyton Hall show every year.