How to Make Cricket Bats: Old Traditions & Modern Methods (1962) | British Pathé

How to Make Cricket Bats: Old Traditions & Modern Methods (1962) | British Pathé

This segment of Pathé Pictorial gives a snapshot in the process of the Cricket bat industry in Suffolk. The manufacturing of the cricket bat is a curious blend of old tradition and modern methods, from splitting the wood by hand to grating the block into the familiar bat.

For Archive Licensing Enquiries Visit:
Explore Our Online Channel For FULL Documentaries, Fascinating Interviews & Classic Movies:

#BritishPathé #History #Cricket #CricketBat #Suffolk #Sports

License This Film: (FILM ID:185.10)

Subscribe to the British Pathé YT Channel:

Bungay, Suffolk.

Various shots of two men tending to saplings and seedlings. Man looks at the trunk of a willow tree to see if it is ready to be felled in order to provide wood for cricket bats. A “W” is cut into the trunk of a tree selected for felling. A chain-saw is used to fell the tree. The trunk is measured and cut.

C/Us of man cutting a piece of trunk into three. The splitting of the wood is always done by hand – never by machine.

Interior of a workshop. Craftsmen are seen working on cricket bats. All the processes involved in making the bats are shown.

Film ends with short shot of a game of cricket in progress on a village green.

BRITISH PATHÉ’S STORY Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, it documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people. If it happened, British Pathé filmed it.

Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.

British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 136,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1984. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website. /