Title ID 3037Collection ID468
TitleCinque Ports of Britain
Date[ca. 1959]
CollectionCharles Wise
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsBoats Castles Harbours Parks Quays Railway Stations Railways Religious Buildings Seaside Resorts Ships Steam Locomotives
LocalFolkestone Hythe Canterbury Dover Rye
RegionalKent East Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Wise
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration42min. 29sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur film made by a member of the Independent Association of Cinematographers captures everyday scenes from Cinque Port towns in Kent and East Sussex. Folkestone, Hythe, Dover and Rye are all featured, as well as footage from Canterbury, including the cathedral. The film also includes footage of a journey made on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.


IAC indent and title: "A Members Film". Titles: "Welcome Again", "As" "Charles Wise" "Presents" "Cinque Ports of Britain", "Featuring Dover, Hythe, Rye & Folkestone".

"Welcome to Folkestone"

General shots of Folkestone, sign: "Headquarters of 1950-1 & 1953-6 World Channel Swimming Races". Shots of beach and harbour wall, followed by seafront and memorial. Shots of the town centre, parish church and steep cobbled lanes crowded with shoppers. Cranes working in the harbour, shot of the railway bridge and Folkestone Harbour station. A fisherman mends a net on the quayside. Shots of fish stalls, sign: "Jellied Eels on Ice". General shots of the promenade and harbour, interspersed with signs: "Fremlins Harbour Inn", "Shangri-La" and "The Royal George". People walking on the cliff path; Martello tower on the ridge above. Shot of motorboat and passengers at sea. Shots of Kingsnorth Gardens.


General shots of street scenes, the Royal Military Canal, gardens and a memorial. Shots of various buildings and shops including the Oak Inn, Kent Forge, tea rooms, The Farm Shop and chemist. More shots of streets and narrow lanes. Signs: "Dymchurch Road" and "Upper Malthouse Hill". Close-up shot of a parish church. Hythe station and sign: "The World's Smallest Public Railway". Shots of locomotives building up steam in the station. Shots of countryside from a moving train with a young girl in the foreground. Sign: "Dymchurch". Shot of locomotive "Winston Churchill". Shot of New Romney Station; railway workers attending to a locomotive. Sign: "St Marys Bay". More shots of countryside from the moving train.


Close-up of a booklet: "Canterbury". Shots of St. George's Tower and the town centre, intersected with shots of Canterbury Cathedral. Shot of the Old Weavers House, a street and the West Gate. Sign: "Falstaff Hotel". Shots of the River Stour and sluice gate. Sign: "Sun Hotel". Shot of Christ Church Gate and close-ups of the cathedral. Shots of a memorial and narrow streets. Signs: "Canterbury Lane" and "The Pilgrims Shop".


Still of a brochure: "Dover". Shots of Dover Castle, St. Mary's Church and grainy shots of the town centre, harbour, apartment blocks and cliffs. Shot of the Dover Tavern, sign: "Bench Street", Duchess of Kent and Walmer Castle pubs. More shots of Dover Castle, including interior shots and views of the town from the castle. Sign: "Constables Tower".

Sign: "Mermaid Street', shots of street scenes and the Mermaid Tea Rooms. Sign: "The Mermaid Inn". Shots of boats on the river, including: "Gre Wieringen" with a Dutch flag. Rye windmill in the background.


Still of a brochure: "Folkestone". Shots of a flower bed, cliff path, beach, promenade and statue. Shots of steep cobbled streets. Sign: "Rowlands". Shot of a man making rock (?). Shots of the beach, gulls and harbour cranes. Sign: "Marine Pavilion". Shots of boats and ships in the harbour.

Titles: "Kent", "Coastal Ports", "The", "No. 8 Film" and "Goodnight All". Archive footage of Queen Elizabeth II in military uniform on horseback. Title: "God Save The Queen".


Cinque Ports of Britain (ca.1959)