Title ID 8416Collection ID1190
Title[Marble Arch] or [Horse-drawn Traffic Viewed from Elevated Position]
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Transport Urban Life
KeywordsTransport Travel Roads Animals
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Goodwin Norton
DirectorCharles Goodwin Norton
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Horse-drawn coaches veer round a bend on the street below in this footage by Charles Goodwin Norton.


Footage of horse-drawn carriages, trams and coaches on the street below from an elevated position. The vehicles follow the curve of the road. The camera is static throughout.

Contextual information

Goodwin Norton became well known for his lantern performances, introducing film in 1896. He produced a number of films with a Velograph camera, all processed by George Albert Smith in Hove.

Related resources


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

Date: 1996-1998 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 1896-1906 n.p. George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1949


The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.


Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Goodwin Norton.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive, copies kept on file SASE 950000.


Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Charles Goodwin Norton

Biographical overview and further reading.