The Belford Town Survey 1995 can be found here.


Belford Archive

A large collection of unique photographs, video and even movie film. Produced by professional photographer Geoff Stafford during a 37 year connection with Belford which began in 1980. Most of this content hasn't been seen or published before.

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Currently the Archive is accessible to colleagues and history researchers only. Why? As a photographer and videomaker, over the last 30 years I often gave out free prints, tapes and DVDs of village events. When I moved back to Belford permanently in 2014 I planned to publish much of my village-related photography as affordable books for people to enjoy. Unfortunately, my photographic work was twice lifted from the closed village Facebook group by local business people and used without permission in public for their own commercial profit. The same Facebook group was then used to try and bully and "shame" me because I had asked for, and received, a small payment for one of those thefts. In the other case my copyright stamp had been removed from the photograph (wilful infringement) and it was clear there would be no resolution without taking a case through the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Although I was willing to do that, instead I decided to cease providing any free photography or video, past, current or future, to the village and to scrap the idea of books. Instead I am putting content into a password protected section. Until there is respect locally for creative people and amoral bullying is condemned instead of defended, Belford-related photo and video content will be available free to a limited audience only. This was an easy decision from a professional perspective as there is never any income from the village and I don't want the hassle of chasing after people. From a community point of view it's sad. Photo and video material has been deposited in regional libraries and archives in the past and the plan is to deposit more in the distant future.

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NEW! (11 Sep 2017) Tour of Britain cycle race 2017.

The Tour of Britain cycle race passed through BelfordThe Tour of Britain cycle race passed through Belford on Monday 4 September 2017. Here is an exclusive short video to enjoy in HD, recorded from two different camera positions.

NEW! (19 Jul 2017) 1981: Video of the High Street and other general views.

Video from summer 1981 including views of the High Street before the A1 bypass was builtFive minutes of video footage recorded in summer 1981. General views of the High Street (before the A1 bypass was built), West Street, St. Mary's church, Clark Place, the north bank. Recently transferred from the original tapes.

(23 Jun 2017) Belford Carnival parade and field day 1988

Carnival at Belford photographed in black and white on 12 July 1988 - 88 shotsBelford Carnival parade and field day, photographed in black and white on 13 July 1988. 88 shots, most unseen until now. As with all the photographs in the archive these have been scanned from the original negatives. Any dust marks and scratches have been removed and the shots are presented here at high resolution so you can enjoy every detail.

(24 Apr 2017) Quarry at Belford 1981

McLaren's quarry at Belford photographed in black and white in 1981 - 21 shots21 high quality black and white shots of the quarry at Belford. Photographed in 1981, probably at Easter. Never before published.

(2 Jan 2017) New Year Fireworks 2017

New Year fireworks at Belford on 1 January 2017Despite rain this year, some stunning photos of the fireworks display. Photography was the main focus but there's also a small video of the entire show to watch.

(27 Dec 2016) Magazine tearsheets

Magazine pages featuring photographs of local subjects

Hundreds of photographs of the local area, events and people appeared in national magazines over the years, sometimes with a name check which gave the area some promotion. Mainly in black and white up until 1991 and then in colour. You can see all the "tearsheets" as they are known in this new collection.

(26 Dec 2016) Belford Carnival 1991

Video of Belford Carnival 1991

Belford Carnival 1991 Never seen before and a special treat for Christmas and the 25th anniversary! More than one hour of professional standard footage, filmed on the near-broadcast-quality SVHS format which was cutting edge technology at the time. The Carnival took place from 7-14 July 1991.

Extensive coverage, featuring: children's concert in St. Mary's church; church exteriors; coffee morning outside of the Hobby Horse shop with accordionist, chalking and fancy dress; bunting across the High Street; flower arrangements in the church; church exteriors; fun run (started with a real gun!); bunting; general evening views of Belford; Craft Gallery; disco in a barn at South Road; Duck Race between West Street and Croft Field; Carnival opening ceremony and parade (with whale!); field day with jumble sale, brass band, football and coites, Swedish jazz band, dancing, fairground, rock band. The images above are a fraction of what is included.

Hope you enjoy this fantastic blast from the past. Note: audio has been muted or replaced on some musical sequences for copyright reasons.

(30 Nov 2016) Behind the scenes: BBC Countryfile filming at Belford in spring 1994

BBC Countryfile filming at Belford in 1994.

Previously unpublished, this behind-the-scenes footage shows what happened when a crew from the BBC Television programme Countryfile arrived in Belford in 1994 to shoot a report about powercuts. The programme was broadcast on 10th and 13th April 1994. Recorded on Hi8, this video material shows filming taking place inside a house, at the Spar shop, the crew relaxing in the hotel and scenes outside a house on West Street after dark. The thumbnails above are just a small sample of the many shots.



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