Title ID 8398Collection ID1189
TitleBoats at Henley; or, Thames River Scene
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Transport
KeywordsBoats Rivers Clothing Clubs Leisure Time Activities Water Transport Bridges
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCecil Hepworth
DirectorCecil Hepworth
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A scene on the Thames, shot from a boat by Cecil Hepworth in 1899.


Boats, women with umbrellas, punts, house boats and motor boats can be seen in this footage, taken from a boat on the river that glides along the water. Behind it is possible to read a large banner for "The Sportsman" and another for "Searle". The camera follows a motor boat under a bridge.

Related resources


Hepworth, Cecil. Came the Dawn: Memories of a Film Pioneer n.p. London: Phoenix House

Date: 1951 Autobiography by Cecil Hepworth.

Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 All five volumes of John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1906-1914. n.p. London: Allen and Unwin

Date: 1973 Volumes 1-4 contain material on Hepworth and his films.

Gifford, Denis. “Fitz: The Old Man of the Screen.” in Charles Barr (ed.) All Our Yesterdays

Date: 1986


BFI National Archive

Holds copies of many Hepworth films.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive copy kept on file SASE 950000.


BFT Screenonline: Cecil Hepworth

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

BFT Screenonline: Lewin Fitzhamon

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

BFT Screenonline: Percy Stow

BFI resource providing biographical overview and film synopses.

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Cecil Hepworth

Provides biographical overview and further reading.

BFI Hepworth Films

Website dedicated to the life and work of Cecil Hepworth, includes information on his ‘film stars’, such as Alma Taylor and Chrissie White.