Title ID 2682Collection ID301
TitleBritain in Colour
CollectionFord Family
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Boats Bridges Buildings Cars Castles Farming Harbours Industry Lakes Landscape Quays Religious Buildings Rivers Rural Areas Seaside Resorts Steam Locomotives Street Trading Urban Areas
LocalReculver Richmond Whitby Scarborough Staithes
RegionalKent Yorkshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA. E. Ford
CameraA. E. Ford
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration9min. 21sec
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This well-made amateur film features scenes of people and places in the south east of England and further afield. Rural scenes and traditional farming practices are recorded in and around Reculver, Kent in the first part of the film. The second part features comparatively busier scenes from the market town of Richmond and coastal towns and villages on the North Yorkshire coast.


The film opens with rural scenes of Reculver, near Herne Bay in Kent. The two towers of St. Mary's church can be seen alongside a number of other buildings. There people walk along a country track through trees, the view opens up into farmland; close-up shots of cottages and farmhouses. Shots of farmland, drainage ditches, swans and a smoke and steam from a train in the distance. The train passes under a bridge on which the camera is positioned. A farmer, with a horse and cart is seen travelling along a country lane. Shots of sailing boats on a large reservoir; a thatched boathouse sits on the edge of water. Back near Reculver (St. Mary's Church can be seen in the distance) a farmer uses a horse-drawn combine harvester to gather in a field of wheat. The harvested wheat is gathered into sheafs, which can be seen scattered across the field.

The second part of the film opens in Richmond, North Yorkshire with scenes of the River Swale and a bridge crossing. Shots of the town and market square with church tower. A market is being held and traders and shoppers can be seen selling and buying fruit and vegetables. Shots of the ruins of Easby Abbey nearby Richmond (?), followed by Richmond Castle seen from the River Swale; close-ups shots of ruins, a tower and landscaped park with an ornamental lake. The closing part of the film moves to the North Yorkshire coast, views across Whitby (?), including Whitby Abbey (?). Harbour scenes with various boats and a commercial fishing fleet; the fishing boats spew out black smoke from their chimneys. Brief shot across Scarborough, capturing the town, beach and Scarborough Castle on the hill on the far side of the bay. The small fishing village of Staithes is seen briefly from the harbour entrance, before the film returns to Whitby (?). Shots of people on the quayside, cottages and boats. The film ends with shots of Whitby Abbey and fishing boats on the beach; children paddle next to the boats.