This 1932 silent film records the Inauguration ceremony for the start of construction of Fernilee Reservoir, with Stockport Corporation big-wigs standing apart from the navvies, shown above in their make-shift pub.

There’s some wonderful footage of steam-powered cranes, as well as a very well-dressed farmer herding sheep through the construction work.

Click the arrow to play the clip. And the ‘expand’ button (bottom right) to view in full screen.