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Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead
Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead

Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead 1902


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Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead 1902

United Kingdom

This journey down the Avon gorge was filmed from the riverbank, from a boat and from the Portishead railway. Among views of the estuary, the cargo ship Vera and the fine wooden warship Formidable (then a training ship), Portishead docks and the entrance to the Clifton Rocks Railway. This underground funicular railway linked the town to the riverbank just below the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Fans of Bill Morrison's Decasia will appreciate the haunting beauty of the decayed nitrate, which makes HMS Formidable appear like a ghost-ship, shrouded in a mysterious white fog.


Travelogue Non-Fiction


Landscape Warships Rivers of Great Britain River Avon Bristol Boats


On the Move




United Kingdom



Production company

Mitchell and Kenyon

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