Title ID 9802Collection ID1162
TitleEastbourne and Battle 1946
CollectionCorder Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Bicycles Children Family Holidays Local History Nature Reserves Passenger Vehicles Piers Religious Buildings Rivers Rural Areas Seaside Resorts Villages
LocalEastbourne Battle
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeoffrey Corder
CameraGeoffrey Corder; K. Corder
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited colour and black and white film features coastal and urban shots of the towns of Eastbourne and Battle. The Corder family on holiday in East Sussex visit Battle Abbey, Eastbourne sea front, Eastbourne town centre, Belle Tout lighthouse on Beachy Head and explore the countryside at Seven Sisters Country Park along the Cuckmere River.


The film opens with colour scenes of the family exploring Battle Abbey and the Dorter Range (Monks accommodation), as a part of a tour group. The family document their visit to the 'Carpet Gardens' opposite Eastbourne pier, with flowers in full bloom. The family are next seen sitting on the seafront in deck chairs, trying to avoid being filmed by the camera. Mixed shots follow of the seafront, Eastbourne pier, sea and family on the beach eating a picnic, dressed in swimwear.

The film returns to the family walking out from the main entrance at Battle Abbey, to sit on the wall overlooking the battlefield. A polite notice to visitors is seen in the foreground.

The next sequence shows a view of Eastbourne town centre (?) from a pedestrian crossing. Several Eastbourne Buses can be seen in both the blue and yellow and blue and grey (war period) livery colours. Cars, bicycles and other traffic pass through the shot.

In the next sequence Mr Corder (wearing a full suit) is supervising the children playing on the beach. The children build sandcastles and dig trenches with spades.

In the next sequence the family visit Belle Tout lighthouse, (bomb damaged). Barbed wire fences off access to the lighthouse from the cliff edge. The family are shown lying on the grass looking out to sea, the camera moves about capturing the chalk cliff faces.

The next sequence shows the children playing with a kite in the gardens next to the Martello Tower/ Wish Tower and on the Western Lawns. Further shots of the family at Beachy Head, the cliffs at Seven Sisters, seafront with the Bandstand and Cuckmere Haven close the film.


a still from Eastbourne and Battle (1946)