Title ID 765Collection ID179
TitleWelcome to Folkestone
CollectionKen and June Paine
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBeaches Boats Boat Trains Cross-Channel steamers Harbours Monuments Parks Railway Stations Railway steamers Ships Trains
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKayjay Films
CameraKen Paine; June Paine
FormatColour Silent
Duration28 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film showing the sights of Folkestone, including scenes of the beach and harbour. Several parks and gardens, such as the South Street Gardens, are also shown.


The fiim opens with a panorama of landscape. We see Hillside Secondary School and Park Farm. There are scenes of the town and Little Switzerland caravan park. Footage of the coastline includes the cliffs between Folkestone and Dover, the lighthouse, East Cliff Sands and Coronation Parade. There are views of the harbour. The French cross channel ferry “Cote D’Azur” is at berth in Folkestone Quay. British Railways' cross-Channel steamer “Isle of Thanet” (built in 1925 and disposed of in 1964) arrives, proceeding stern-first past the breakwater lighthouse. A boat is rowed alongside in order to collect the mooring line from the ship and take it ashore. ‘Cote d’Azur’ is then filmed leaving the berth.

A boat train departs from the harbour station with it's tank engines at the front and banking at the rear. Their explosive steam exhausts indicate the stiffness of the climb up the harbour branch line. We see footage of the inner and outer harbour, including The Stade.

After St. Peters Church, we see East Cliff Sands and Coronation Parade once more. There is a bird’s eye view of the harbour area from Bayle. In town is the Old High Street. People walk around the South Street gardens, after which we see Tontine Street and the Old High Street again. By the beach there is the Marina Gardens, the boating pool and fairground rides. A zig-zag path leads from the Lower Sandgate Road to Leas, where there is a bandstand. People sit in the sun shelter along Madeira walk.

People look at the Municipal gardens. A statue depicts William Harvey. Along the Road of Remembrance is the war memorial. A bird’s eye view from the Leas shows the beach amusements; the boating pool, skating rink and bathing pool. In town, we see views of Sandgate Road, the bus station and the Town Hall.

The regimental band practices on the sports ground. A cricket game is also played there. People sit in Kingsnorth gardens and around the ornamental lily pond. At Radnor Park, we see a statue at the entrance, as well as the model boating pond and the swings. There is footage of the Royal Victoria Hospital, East Cliff pavilion, Martello tower No. 3. and Leas Cliff Hall. A steam train travels along the branch line from the harbour.