Title ID 8425Collection ID1193
Title[Edwardian Folkestone]
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Working Life
KeywordsBeaches Clothing Everyday Life Leisure Time Activities Seaside Resorts Swimming
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Residents and visitors of Folkstone are filmed during work and leisure time.


The film opens with a street and pedestrians. A stagecoach travels towards the camera, a dog running along beside it. Two men sit in an unmoving trap together, looking at camera. A woman laughs with a man in the street. Two fishermen [?] stand together, one holds a dog under his arm and both wear black. Groups of fishermen are filmed together, looking at the camera. Panning footage of the seafront and ramparts follow. People sit on the wall above the beach. A group of passengers in a large motor car smile at the camera. A family with a pram and little girl pass by a policeman on the street, again looking at camera. A man is at work, shoveling material [?] onto a cart. Policemen exit a building, taking up positions along commercial streets. Women stand in the doorway of a shop. Beach scenes follow, where people undress behind the groynes. A man drinks from a mug outside the "Borough Police Office", plastered with posters advertising events at the Town Hall. Women swim in the sea wearing loose bathing costumes, others are filmed on the beach with umbrellas fully clothed. Men swim and dive off a jetty. A man has his picture taken [?] on the sea front. Women skip and dance for the camera together. A group is seen on a switchback railway, an early roller coaster before footage from the front of the carriage is shown, dipping down and pulling up again along the tracks of the ride. Women sit in the shade. Groups walk along the promenade. Outside a church [?], visitors wearing their Sunday best [?] walk by the camera. Two boys are seen hovering in front of the camera, returning to get a second look, while others only glance in its direction. Old and young men and women are seen, some wearing older Victorian fashions.

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A switchback railway also appears in Robert Paul's A Switchback Railway but unlike in this film, the camera remains static.