Title ID 1087Collection ID24
TitleSouth East England; The Downs and the Weald
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionEducational/Training
KeywordsAircraft Airports Beaches Boat Trains Bridges Cars Cross-Channel steamers Farming Harbours Quays Railways Railway Stations Railway steamers Rural Areas Trains
LocalChislet Coulsdon Darenth Dover London Lydd Poddington Romney Marsh
RegionalEast Sussex Kent Surrey West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBoulton Hawkes Films Ltd.
ProducerBoulton Hawkes Films Ltd., Hadleigh, Suffolk.
FormatBlack & White Sound
Duration12 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An educational film demonstrating the links between South East England and London. The film focusses on agriculture, transport (to London and the continent), and seaside resorts.


The film opens with a map of the South East of England. Arrows point out the North and South Downs and the Weald. A mountain relief model details the geology of the area. There are shots of Lewes, the North Downs and chalk cliffs.

"Agriculture of the Downs and the Weald"

There is footage of market gardening. Workers in the fields pick vegetables and put them in sacks and boxes. Trucks take the produce away. On fruit farms, workers hand-pick then package the fruit. Adults and children pick hops. It is transported by horse and cart to oast houses. Cattle are milked then the pails loaded onto a truck. A sheep is sheared.

"The Coastlands"

A map indicates the areas of marshland, the seaports, airfield, resorts and a coalfield. Sheep on graze on Romney Marsh. Cereal crops are being grown. At Chislet Colliery, there is footage of the miners and the coal being transported. People sit on a busy beach and promenade.

At Ferryfield Airport, Lydd, we see the terminal building, car park and direction board indicating services to Le Touquet, Calais and Ostend. ‘Silver City Airlines’ air freighters are shown touching down and taxiing. A Vauxhall Velox car is driven backwards down the ramp out of the aircraft. Passengers disembark and walk away from aircraft.

The French Railways' cross-Channel steamer ‘Cote d’Azur arrives stern first at Folkestone Quay from Calais. Passengers stream down the gangplank; some are then shown walking along Folkestone Harbour station platform to join the waiting train. The Guard waves a flag to signal the train's departure. A passing carriage headboard reads ‘Continental Express’. A train, headed by the Bullied Pacific, approaches and passes under a bridge.

There is footage of Covent Garden Market in London. Fruit and vegetables are unloaded from carts. The milk is unloaded at the London milk depot, ‘United Dairies’. Commuters walk towards London Bridge Railway Station. A train arrives at Coulsdon, Surrey. People walk towards the town. The film ends on a series of shots showing the farm workers, commuters, people on the beach, a ferry port and a train.