Title ID 2185Collection ID488
Title[Here and There: Speed Crazy, Old Sussex, New Sussex]
Date[ca. 1930s]; [1952?]; [ca. early 1990s]
ThemeRural Life Transport
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Castles Holidays Industry Landscape Piers Rural Areas Steam Locomotives Transport Urban Areas Workers
LocalLondon Brighton Wilmington Midhurst Pevensey Battle Rye Beachy Head Worthing
RegionalGreater London East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPathéscope Walton Film Production BBC[?] F. Banfield [?]
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration13min. 20sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films beginning with a 1930s(?) Pathéscope production which features a motor vehicle journey through central London and a train journey from London to Brighton, filmed by the BBC in the early 1950s(?). The middle and end of the film feature places of interest in Sussex, again during the 1930s(?) and a coach holiday to Worthing in the early 1990s(?).


"Speed Crazy"

"100 m.p.h. through the London Streets!". The film opens with fast motion shots of London streets filmed from a vehicle. The vehicle travels up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and along the Strand. Title: "700 m.p.h. journey by Train"; shot from the drivers cab of a train of the journey from London to Brighton. The train pulls up at Brighton Station; title: "The End, A Walton Film Production".

"Old Sussex"

"Sussex is a county rich in pastoral charm". This section of the film opens with countryside scenes, a horse and cart stands outside a village pub and two horse riders are seen on a hillside. Title: "The origin of this giant carving is lost in antiquity"; views of the Long Man of Wllmington through some trees where a man is leading a horse, followed by more shots of the Long Man from the below the hill. Title: "In the ancient Sussex craft of pottery making much of the method is primitive"; scenes of a pottery, with kiln in the background and clay pipes in the foreground, a close-up of the clay pipes and a potter throwing a pot at a wheel.

Titles: "Midhurst, with its air of rustic tranquility"; views of the town centre. Title: "Nothing but a shell, but a beautiful shell, remains of Cowdray Castle."; views of Cowdray Castle, including close-up shots of towers, windows, arches and ceilings. Title: "Pevensey Castle, now in ruins is another outstanding Sussex landmark. Reflections of the castle walls are seen in the moat, followed by shots of the castle itself. Title: "Battle Abbey and surroundings"; views of Battle Abbey and its grounds. Title: "Rye, a Cinque Port, once a principle harbour of England"; various views of the town, Rye Castle and harbour. Title: "Beachy Head"; shots of the cliffs and lighthouse.

"New Sussex"

This section is filmed in colour and opens with views of Worthing seafront, promenade and pier. Sign: "Club 55, Welcome to Sussex Coast, Shearings"; a coach holiday party is seen arriving at a holiday camp, standing outside the reception; the Shearings coach is parked nearby. Shots of holiday-makers swimming in the outdoor pool, chalets line the pool area. The film ends with a brief view of the sea at sunset. Title: "The End".