Title ID 880Collection ID314
TitleRound The Town
CollectionDavid Milne
ThemeTransport Urban Life
KeywordsBoats Bridges Cars Coasters (ships) Companies Cross-Channel Steamers Fire Services Harbours Industry Motor Vehicles Quays Railway Steamers Sea Fishing Ships Steamships Trades Trains Transport Travel Urban Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionL.S. Productions (Line Smith, MD of Martin Walter's Garage)
CameraLine Smith [?]
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration15 min. 25 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film with intertitles which tours Folkestone in the immediate pre-Second World War era. The film was made by members of the Martin Walter Ltd Garage which features heavily.


The film opens with images of Folkestone harbour, including panoramic view over old harbour showing cross-Channel cargo steamers berthed at the original Railway Quay, and railway viaduct with swing bridge across the inner harbour. Fishing boats take refuge within the harbour walls as rough seas batter the coast at high tide. Fishermen are filmed preparing their nets, repairing any damage and hanging them out over the harbourside walls. Other seafarers work on their boats - a boy and his grandfather (?) are busy at work on the hull of their small vessel. Men fish off the harbour pier, close to the lighthouse. The pre-war 'Maid of Orleans' passenger steamer arrives from Boulogne, entering the harbour stern-first before mooring and allowing the passengers to disembark. Large amounts of luggage are carried off the ship by a swarm of porters. Passengers are shown boarding the Continental Express boat train at Folkestone Harbour station; they walk along a railway track and have to board the train using step ladders drawn up to each carriage. The train, including Pullman cars, departs from the station, hauled by two tank engines, steaming hard to haul the heavy train up the steep gradient of the harbour branch line.

The film ends with images of local industries. Livestock are auctioned by King and Ashenden auctioneers, and people peruse the stalls at a street market. Exterior shots of Martin Walter Ltd Garage follow. A convoy of new cars leave the art deco building, parking up outside it. A Fire Engine from the Herne Bay Fire Department also exits the building. The firemen then perform an equipment display for the camera, extending and lowering the fire-engine's ladder. A male car salesman shows a female customer round a new car.