Title ID 825Collection ID191
TitleRound & About Whitstable
Date1957; 1958
CollectionLeslie W Grimsdale
KeywordsBeaches Buildings Carnivals Cars Ceremonies Cultural Events Harbours Leisure Time Activities Memorials Monuments Parades Religious Activities Rural Areas Youth Organizations
LocalCanterbury Whitstable
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionLeslie W Grimsdale
CameraLeslie W Grimsdale
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration11 min 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Events and scenes at Whitstable and Canterbury, including scenes of Old Whitstable, the Westgate Tower at Canterbury, sunbathers on Whitstable seafront, Whitstable Carnival in 1957 and outdoor church services in 1958.


The film begins with panoramic views of the countryside and streets in Whitstable, an orchard with blossom on the trees, the church tower and a Windmill. In Canterbury there are scenes of Westgate tower and gardens with the River Stour running through them. At the seaside at Whitstable, people sunbathe on the beach, sit on the grass and others play mini golf. Groups of people are seen gathering on the seafront, there are fairground swings and boats on the water, possibly all events in the Whitstable Oyster Festival.

At the 1957 Whitstable Carnival, there are floats carrying Carnival queens from the surrounding towns. Other floats and tableaux include a sailing boat, a carriage for Tamplins brewery, men dressed as skeletons, girls dressed as Robinson's Gollies, a scout float, a woman dressed as Britannia, and the May Queen float.

The title “Winter 1958” is followed by scenes of snow in the town centre and ice in the harbour. Later on in the year there are scenes of people on the beach and seaside chalets. A road sign reads "Kent yachting week" and there are scenes of traffic along the A290 road. In Autumn that year there are various scenes around the town. A title "Religious services" is followed by a procession through the town of clergy, scouts, a Salvation Army band, choir and members of the congregation. Services are held outdoors in a park and on the seafront. On Remembrance day, there are bands marching through the streets with groups in uniform, including the Police, Army, Navy, Girls Brigade, Scouts, and Girl Guides. After a church service, there is a ceremony for laying wreathes at a war memorial, and a memorial service.


A Still from 'Round & About Whitstable' (1957-1958) - carnival queens