Title ID 3012Collection ID424
TitleA Visit to our South Coast Resorts
CollectionPhillips Film Collection
KeywordsBeaches Boats Ferries Harbours Piers Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Quays Recreational Facilities Sea Fishing Ships
LocalEastbourne Beachy Head Newhaven Harbour Rottingdean Brighton Hove Shoreham-by-Sea Worthing Littlehampton Bognor Regis
RegionalEast Sussex Brighton and Hove West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Phillips
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film documents towns and villages along the coast of East and West Sussex. Starting in Eastbourne, the film-maker records typical seaside and harbour scenes, travelling westwards along the coast. The film concludes at Bognor Regis.


"A Visit to our South Coast Resorts; Filmed and Edited by Cyril Phillips"


Shots of the Western Lawns, promenade and pier; cliffs can be seen in the distance. Brief shots of the Congress Theatre, lifeboat museum and waves breaking on the beach.

"Beachy Head"

Shots of the main road, car park and views towards Eastbourne. Shots of the cliff-edge and people walking. Further shots of the cliff and sea below, including lighthouse.

"Newhaven Harbour"

Shot of a small fishing boat in the harbour alongside a British Rail ferry. Close-up shots of ships, harbourside and small fishing boats. A weather vane turns in the breeze. Shots of men maintaining boats. Shot of Fort Road and The Hope Inn. Shot of the lighthouse and a boat mooring in the harbour. Men stand on the harbour arm fishing.


Shot of men playing golf on course next to Marine Drive. Shots of cliff and beach below. Shots of apartment blocks and an open-top bus.

"At Brighton"

Sign: "Black Rock Swimming Pool". Shot of Marine Gate apartments, beach and swimming pool. View towards Brighton along Madeira Drive.


Shot of Madeira Drive arches; children playing in a playground. Dark shot of train on Volks Railway. Children playing on go-carts and other rides. Sign: "Welcome to Peter Pans Amusements". Shot of Madeira Drive, Palace Pier, Aquarium. Shot of Old Steine, fountain and Royal Pavilion through trees.


Sign: "Borough of Hove, Public Bowling Greens" Shot of bowling greens on Kingsway, beach huts and small fishing boats on beach. A fisherman holds up fish to the camera. Shoreham power station can be seen in the background. "Shoreham Harbour". Shots of beach and sailing boats in harbour; people fishing from the harbour wall. Shot of coastguard look-out tower and power station in the distance.

"Shoreham by Sea"

Shot of St. Mary de Haura Church, the River Adur, railway bridge, sailing boats and footbridge across river. Shot of lighthouse and people fishing in the harbour.


Shot of Brighton Road, seafront and promenade. Shot of pier, beach and a fisherman. Sign: "Peter Pan's Playground"; children playing. Shot of Marine Parade, promenade, cinema and Pavilion Theatre.


Shots of Sea Road and South Terrace, boating lake, harbour, beach and people walking on the breakwater. Shots of children riding on a carousel.

"Bognor Regis"

Shot of shops, followed by beach, amusements and close-ups of crabs. Promenade and shops. Sign: "Careless ways spoil holidays, put glass in bin". The film ends with shots of amusements. Title: "The End".