Detail

Title ID 797Collection ID172
TitleRound the Town
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionTunbridge Wells / Regency Film Unit
Genre/TypeAmateurNon-fiction
ThemeCine Club Film-making Urban Life
KeywordsBuildings Carnivals Cultural Events Festivals Memorials Monuments Shopping Urban Areas
Location
LocalRoyal Tunbridge Wells
RegionalKent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionTunbridge Wells Amateur Film Unit
CameraDavid Edwards
ProducerTunbridge Wells Amateur Film Unit
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration5 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

The film follows a cine camera man as he films scenes around the town of Tunbridge Wells, including Trinity Church, the Town Hall, the Opera House, the Pantiles, Chalybeate Spring and scenes of floats from the Tunbridge Wells Festival procession.

Description

The Main titles announce: “The Tunbridge Wells Amateur Film Unit presents” and “Round the town, a glimpse of Royal Tunbridge Wells”. A man is seen filming the town from a hill top, followed by shots of the town including: the skyline; Trinity Church; The Town Hall; the Opera House; the War Memorial with a close up of the inscription; general views of the streets and shops at Five Ways, Calverley Road and Mount Pleasant with scenes of shoppers in the street. The man with the camera is followed as he walks along the street.

An intertitle reads “The Festival Week Gala Procession”. A marching band is followed by carnival floats including the Royal Observer Corps; nurses; The Ancient Order of Foresters dressed as Maid Marion, Robin Hood and his merry men; other historical figures; and the Girl Guides.

The man with the camera walks past Binns Corner House and looks up at a sign saying “To the Pantiles”. Scenes of people walking through the Pantiles are followed by views of the colonnaded walkway and the man as he films the colonnades. The entrance to ‘The Original Chalybeate Spring’ is shown and the man drinks a cup of the spring water. The man then walks across a road, and catches a bus. “The End”.

Stills

A still from 'Round the Town' (1950s) - showing the film title