Places + Locations | 1950 | Sound | Colour
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The West Country of Devon and Cornwall 1950's
Cornish Riviera Express leaving station, coastal railway, and it's journey as it travels through Devon and Cornwall. Sea pounding on the rocks and seagulls on the shore.
Journey along coast. Fairground rides for young children. Beach scenes. Swimmers diving into a Pool. Fireworks over the sea.
Devon. A girl feeding chickens and looking for eggs in hay. Piglets. Ducks. Horse and cart with children riding alongside milk churn. Children with white and ginger cats. Couple walking through farmyard and along lane. Bee on blossom. The couple approach gateway and look at views. Tractor working. Harvesting and Corn Sheaves. Loading the wagon with sea in background. Devon Cattle. Tea with scones and bread. Fruit trees and close up of apples growing. Thatched cottages. Man walking through village with dog. Women talking on the doorstep. A narrow street with woman pushing a pram.
Pleasure boat (steamer). Passengers drinking tea on the boat. Shoreline. Large house. Pleasure boat on river approaching Totnes. Church. Eastgate. Guildhall Totnes. Exeter's old buildings and cathedral.
Women talking. Livestock market with farmers watching cattle being sold.
Sign for Widecombe. Horse in field. Chagford Hunting Stables. Group setting off for a ride. Girl on horse and galloping on the downs Dartmoor. Panoramic views. Sheep grazing. A storm brewing and cloud formations.
Dartmoor pones, gorse and heather. Blackberries growing. River bridge. Fisherman fishing and taking flies from box. Swans and wild fowl. Fisherman throwing out net and pulling it in.
Clovelly Devon. View of donkey’s hooves. Camera pans up to reveal donkeys carrying children up the steep village street from the harbour. Clovelly harbour. View over Salcombe village and harbour, boats dot the water in the background. Sailing at Salcombe and four man rowing race in the harbour. Bunting and flags fly in the foreground. Dartmouth viewed from the sea, Royal Naval College dominates the background.
Sir Francis Drake statue on Plymouth Hoe. At the base of the statue people sit on park benches, one person is in a deck chair on the lawn. People playing lawn bowls. Waterside statue of possibly William IV, viewed from the water. A lighthouse viewed from the water. Plymouth Docks, the harbour entrance, cranes, a paddle steamer, naval ship. Gulls flying low over water. Saltash Bridge, a train is crossing.
Cornwall’s beaches, women swim in the surf with body boards. Families on the beach, exploring coastline cave and rock formations. A rock pool with seaweed, a crab close up in the water. Guy in flight against the sky. Cove with sandy beach, rocks and waves lapping ashore, viewed from the cliff top. People explore a ruined castle or fort. Bodmin moor. Standing stones including Lanyon Quoit, Men-an Tol holed stone and Nine Maidens. St Michael’s Mount viewed from the mainland. Footage of coastal flowers. View from St Michael’s Mount with cannons in foreground and man with his back to the camera. Group of people, one man wears a St Michael’s Mount shirt and sailor’s cap and is talking – perhaps a guide. People on the ramparts of St Michael’s Mount. Close up of a watercolour painting in progress. View of the artist. View the artist is looking at / painting. Cornish village, a town square with church in the background. Sign post for St Wenn St Columb. View overlooking Truro, scene dominated by Truro Cathedral. Cornish cottages. Close view of the sea. Camera pans up to a Cornish seaside village. Ornate iron signs with pictures – Safe Harbour, Welcome Home. Cornish fishermen, a fishing boat enters a harbour. Gulls fly off a harbour wall. Fishermen on a boat moor up and unload their fish cargo in baskets. Baskets are weighed at the harbourside. Gulls fight over scraps in the water. View of harbour with tide out, 2 men walk along the seafront. View of boats bobbing in the water in a village harbour. Two men untangle and fold nets on the harbour wall. Close up of man repairing a net with a large needle. Woman painting at her easel at the harbourside, facing out to sea. Men prepare nets on boats moored on the beach of a tiny cove. Close up of older men in their flat caps, talking. Picture signs hang from buildings showing two men in night caps, another sign is of judges or gentrified men. Small group of Cornish men stand beside a stone wall chatting and smoking pipes. An iron hanging sign, The Ship. View towards sea from under the bow of a large boat. A carved wooden figure of a woman is mounted on the bow. A store or collection of ship’s figurines, ship’s wheels, life buoys and lanterns removed from their boats. Waves crashing on rocks, gulls and cliffs and rocky coastline.
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