Title ID 1019Collection ID56
Title[Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs]
Date1929 - 1938
CollectionEnid Briggs pt1
KeywordsArmed Forces Beaches Children Leisure Time Activities Music Seaside Resorts Sport Railway Stations
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEnid Briggs
CameraEnid Briggs
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration13 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of scenes and events in Broadstairs, filmed on various dates in the mid and late 1930s with some scenes from the late 1920s. Items include a visit to a lighthouse, a Keep Fit class, horse riding, the Bohemia Theatre and the return of Rhine Army troops in 1929.


The film opens with the camera panning across Broadstairs cliffs to the North Foreland Lighthouse. A group of women visiting the lighthouse go inside and climb to the top. Scenes of Broadstairs sea front in the summer include children on the promenade and a band playing on the bandstand. A title introduces a section showing 'Miss Bullock's Keep Fit Class' held outdoors. The participants, many of them young children, perform stretching exercises accompanied by music from a piano and watched by an audience on deckchairs. In other scenes, at Joss Bay a woman and man ride horses on the sands, a parade down the High Street meets a crowd gathering outside the Bohemia Theatre, friends depart at Broadstairs station after a stay, and rough waves hit the Jetty (filmed in 1938).

The final part of the film has scenes filmed at an earlier date and has the title "Return of First Contingent of Rhine Army 15th September 1929". This includes shots of the soldiers on board a ship waving to the camera and disembarking at Dover, carrying their kit bags. The final shots show the soldiers at the railway station where they are handed cups of tea from an urn.


A still from [Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs] (1929-1938) showing Women in sun hatsA still from [Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs] (1929-1938) showing Keep-fit class participantsA still from [Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs] (1929-1938) shwoing two people horseriding on the beach

Contextual information

Note: Many of Enid Briggs’ films were edited together at a later date (by others), consequently these films now appear out of chronological order.