Title ID 11560Collection ID1519
TitleCanterbury 1936 Part 2
DateSaturday June 20th - Sunday August 9th
CollectionSydney Bligh
Genre/TypeAmateurNewsreelNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeCommemoration Urban Life
KeywordsUrban Areas Commemorative Events Armed Forces Religious Activities Religious Buildings Performing Arts Fancy dress Ceremonies Children
LocalCanterbury Detling, Maidstone Tilbury
RegionalKent Essex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionSydney Bligh
CameraSydney Bligh
ParticipantsThe Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Cosmo Lang
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


This is part 2 of Sydney Bligh's newsreel, filmed in June, July and August 1936. The film shows various religious and military parades through the Cathedral grounds, the costumed cast from the play 'Cranmer of Canterbury', the burial service of Lady Davidson of Lambeth in the Cloisters, the Kent County Agricultural Show, a children's carnival and a male gymnastic display.


Poster: The Canterbury Festival

Intertitle: Saturday June 20th. Aviation Service. R.A.F. & Civil Air Ensigns presented to the Cathedral. This is followed by a tea party in the Cathedral grounds for all the guests, dignitaries, clergymen, choirboys and participants.

Intertitle: Characters from 'Cranmer of Canterbury'. The actors are filmed in full costume in the castle grounds. Intertitle: The Archbishop (Dr. Cosmo Lang) attends the first performance.

Intertitle: Monday June 29th. The passing of Lady Davidson of Lambeth. Burial Service in the Cloisters.

Intertitle: Sunday, July 5th. The British Legion. Annual Parade of Kent Branches. The parade is filmed in front of the Cathedral entrance. Intertitle: Admiral Evans places a wreath on the Kent War Memorial.

Intertitle: Kent County Agricultural Show in Detling, near Maidstone, Kent. Large Kent County Agricultural Show sign indicates the entrance to the showground. Visitors wander past the Court Brothers and W. Weeks & Son Ltd [Engineers Maidstone] stand. Male and female riders and their horses jump over fences in the exhibition showground. An exhibition stand with BO & CM can be seen in the distance. Naval cadets haul a gun carriage into the exhibition showground followed by a Horse & Carriage race. Signage for Vitamealo [milk powder product] PHLO [Pattulo Higgs & Co – farm equipment manufacturers] and Osmond encase the show ground. Handlers lead large working horses, cattle [Holstein or Fresian?], bullocks and long horn cattle around the showground. Close-ups of men leading bulls past the camera.

Intertitle: Saturday, July 11th. Canterbury Rotarians Entertained at Tilbury. The SS Arandora Star cruise ship is featured with passengers filmed seated onboard.

Intertitle: Sunday, July 12th. Catholic Pilgrimage to Canterbury. The procession takes place in the Dane John Gardens with many spectators lining the grounds.

Intertitle: Tuesday, August 4th. Children's Carnival on the Recreation Ground. An extensive parade of children dressed in fancy dress with elaborate accessories. [Please note this sequence contains images which are racially offensive. We have left the film in its original state to ensure historical accuracy].

Intertitle: Sunday, August 9th. Past and Present Buffs Attend Service of Remembrance. ['Buffs' is the nickname for the Royal East Kent regiment] Military bands and uniformed groups parade through the Christ Church Gate from the Butter Market into the Cathedral grounds.

Intertitle: Sunday, August 9th. The Buffs at Home. Gymnastic Display Ends the Day.

End title: End of Part 2.


A colour still image taken from TID 11560, showing a wide view of the main entrance with signage above the gate to the exhibition ground. The sign reads Kent County Agricultural Show.

Contextual information

Cranmer of Canterbury: This is a play by Charles Williams, about the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.

Edith Davidson was the daughter of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1878. She married Randall Thomas Davidson who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1903-1928.