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1940s / 1950s video compilation of Gatehouse Folk

Mr William Bendon acquired Kirkcudbright Picture House in 1944 and successfully operated it until the early 1960s. He was an avid film maker recording much of Kirkcudbright's life through the years, showing his recordings in the Picture House. The link below will take you to some of his work from the late forties and fifties. Permission from Mr Bendon’s step daughter, Mrs Irene Scott has kindly been given to show these clips. Anne Ramsbottom, Curator of the Stewartry Museum loaned the Cine Film so it could be digitized and shared with the community. This clips cannot be downloaded or used for any other project as they are subject to Copyright.

William Bendon's film of Gatehouse Folk in the 1940s and 1950s

We have managed to take still pictures from the above film, and put them into a .pdf file together with names of people we have identified. This file is subject to the same copyright.

People identified in the above film

Here is a 2nd video of Kirkcudbright and Gatehouse in the 1940s and 1950s. When it starts, right click on the film and select "Cinema Mode" to temporarily hide the surrounding Facebook links.

The film lasts 49m51s. Select the red time bar and move to 19m46s to see 3 mis. about Gatehouse School. Thenat 44m54s there is a wedding party at Anwoth Church.

William Bendon's 2nd film of Gatehouse Folk in the 1940s and 1950s