Film: 8384

Places + Locations | 1940 | Sound | B/W


An online film clip is not available yet, please contact us for a viewing


Hadrian's Wall as it was in Roman times, and the ruins of it as they stand today 1940's

A statue of the head of the Roman emperor Hadrian. A map of Europe; white lines signifying the area of the Roman empire emanate from Rome and lead out to North Africa, the Middle East, France, Spain, and England; those areas light up; captions signify Africa, Britain, the Rhine, the Danube, and the Euphrates; a line appears between the Rhine and Danube arrows. Britain, the bottom half lit white, a white line appearing where Hadrian's Wall is built. Closer in; an arrow moves over the line of dots representing the wall. Countryside hillside; a lake. Countryside hillside; a forest on top.

The map of Britain again, bottom half lit white. Closer in; an arrow pointing to the Tyne with caption; caption and arrow to the Solway Firth. Top half of screen light, bottom half dark; left hand "South", right hand "North"; cross section of wall in between, left hand side shorter than right; left hand side with length "15" arrows either side; right hand arrow pointing to top and arrow and "20"; the numbers and arrows go away; to the right, an angular ditch and a circular raised mound appear, and the arrow "Ditch" pointing to the ditch and "Earth" pointing to the mound of earth; arrows disappear; a ditch to the left and two small mounds of earth; these are all labelled, and the caption "Vallum" above it; arrows disappear but caption stays; arrow "100" between the two small mounds.

A model, as seen from above; to the right, the south, the first mound, a track with a chariot on it, the ditch, and the second mound. The square stones on the face of the wall. The stone pattern on the inside. Some more of it. Another stone. The top of the wall. A diagram showing the square stones and the other stones in the wall. A horizontal line; the word "North" in a box above, "South" in box below, "Wall" immediately above; two light rectangles appear on the line, one at the left edge of the screen, one towards the right; arrows with "Fort" pointing to them. A model of the fort from above.

Line, "North", "South", forts; small white rectangle outlines appear at smaller distances between the forts; pointing to one of them, arrow and "Milecastle"; as more appear, moving leftwards, arrow suddenly moves to next one. A model of a milecastle with arch. Line, "North", "South", forts, milecastles; between each two milecastles, two turrets, two specific turrets with double-headed arrow "Turrets". A turret, stone squares of outer wall. A model of a man on one of the turrets; pan up the cross section model.

Line etc; arrows to two milecastles; arrows to the two forts; wide arrow from the top "Enemy"; white line and arrow from the right hand fort towards enemy; arrows from forts to milecastle; arrow from right milecastle to other side of arrow; from left milecastle around; arrow disappears; all lines disappear; arrows up out from forts and milecastles, and up towards them. Man on horseback on field with trees and a fence behind; pan right to a group of people as Roman infantry men. Two Roman soldiers standing behind a wall.

Map of Europe with Roman land in white; a drawing of a cavalry unit to the right; a dot at the north of Spain leading to Hadrian's wall; one from the centre of France with a similar line leading upwards; the centurion and lines disappear, and an infantry unit appears; nine lines spread out, going to Spain, France, Italy, and further east. The heads of two Roman soldiers looking over the wall. Wide hilly grassland. Pan across bushes to a man dressed as a barbarian sitting down. The man in front of the short hedge gets up and walks around.

A forest on a hillside. Closer in on this forest; trees. The top of a Roman style building; at the entrance triangular roof and pillars. Two men in togas walking through two tall and wide pillars and down steps. A man in toga by the side of several fountains pouring into a pool. Two men talking. A man laying a mosaic. The two men gesturing. Head of a Roman soldier, with helmet. Roman soldier looking around. Two Roman soldiers standing next to a wall. The left hand man's head as he talks to the other soldier; pan right to the second soldier talking. Stone with "Val Maxi" carved into it. Stone with "Psorior" (?).

A model of a milecastle; two model men standing on it. Through an arch of the model; model men through it. A model of a stretch of wall. A model of a fort as seen from above. Closer in; various buildings. The centre row of buildings; living quarters. Model granaries. Model of commanding officer's house. Model main gate, with two arch entrances. Line etc, plus "Wall" label just above; line moving right to left appears below wall, signifying a road, short lines going upwards to forts and milecastles; thinner and less light lines going upwards to the turrets. Map, dotted line as Hadrian's Wall; black lines come down as roads, and by the road on the right the caption "To York" and a thick black arrow pointing downwards; on the left, another line appears, with the caption and arrow "To Chester".

A drawing of a milecastle and turret and the wall, with the vallum, the two mounds and ditch, to the left. A stretch of the ruined wall, only a short height remaining; grassy hillside to left and right. Another stretch of wall on hillside. A remaining stretch of ditch. Remaining outline of the mounds on the vallum. Remains of one of the buildings on the wall. Remains of granary; short wall surrounding and various stones at intervals on the ground. A tall part of remaining wall. Wall going down a hill into fog. Stones on the ground in fog. Fields of grass and hills, to the east. A ridge to the west; some of the wall. A long stretch of wall going over hills. Grassy land going north; pan left to hills. Wall; hilly scenery behind; pan right along wall going up hill. Wall on high moors. Lots of wall seen from far away; hilly scenery. "The End". Credits.

To request more details on this film, please contact us quoting Film number 8384.