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Arundel, Poole and Lulworth Cove

Join Sydney Bligh's whistle stop tour of Southern beauty spots - calling at Arundel, Poole Harbour and the dramatic sea ravaged cliffs at Stair Hole, Dorset

Amateur film 1938 4 mins Silent

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Sydney Bligh's film begins with views of Arundel Castle in West Sussex before moving on to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. At Boscombe we see rough seas crash onto the beach followed by a more placid view of Poole Harbour, seen from the town's Constitution Hill. We next visit Stair Hole, near Lulworth Cove, where waves smash through arches eroded by battering seas. Finally we end in East Sussex at a very windy Beachy Head - getting a high tide view of its famous lighthouse.

Sydney Bligh ran a wireless and electronics shop called S.W.Bligh, which was on North Lane in Canterbury. He was an early pioneer of radio, beginning his experiments in 1913 using the call-sign BXA. By the early 1920s Bligh was broadcasting his own shows - before becoming one of the founder members of the British Broadcasting Company. As well as his work as an amateur filmmaker he also was an early pioneer of television and developed some components that improved television reception.