Title ID 6147Collection ID714
Title[Easter Holiday in Cornwall]
CollectionNewman Family
ThemeFamily life Seaside Rural Life
KeywordsBeaches Family Holidays Landscape Rural Areas
LocalTreen Penberth [Telogen] Porthcurno Porthcapel Nanjizel Land’s End Nennen
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
FormatColour Silent
Duration17min. 45sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Documenting the Newman family's holiday to Cornwall in 1952, this film follows the family on a walk from their holiday cottage along the Cornish coastline, to Treen Cliff Bay.


The film starts with scenes of the roof of the holiday house, and the tops of two palm trees. The camera then pans across the landscape that the garden looks out on to, and passes back round to the garden gate. Margaret Newman and her mother walk down the path towards the camera. This is followed by signposts, one of which reads 'Logan Rock'. In the next scene, the camera pans across the hilly landscape, and follows Margaret and Mrs. Newman on their walk, past a stream which runs along a road, and is surrounded by trees. The road passes several houses, and Mrs. Newman and daughter stay in sight ahead of the camera. The stream ends at the sea and scenes showing the rocks and cliffs follow, with Margaret walking towards the camera, then out of shot. A view from the top of the hill looks back down on to the beach, as Mrs. Newman and Margaret walk up the hill, through the heather. The camera then pans across the view from the cliff top and out to sea. The camera then follows Mrs. Newman and her daughter, who walk away, along a track. In the next scenes, the camera pauses over a National Trust sign for Treen Cliff. Further seascapes follow. Margaret climbs on the big boulder-like rocks of the cliff, which the camera pans across. In the following shots, a mixture of seascapes and shots of Mrs. Newman and Margaret walking are combined with a small church and village in the background. Margaret and her mother walk down to another bay, where further views of waves breaking on the shoreline follow. A shot of Margaret sitting down on the rocks follows, during which Margaret turns and starts climbing up the rocks towards the camera.

In the final scenes of the film, another beach is shown, in which the sea appears very blue. Further frames of the surrounding village are captured, accompanied by views of the shoreline.