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Where the Cheese Comes From
Blessed are the cheesemakers of Somerset in this tour of Cheddar and nearby Glastonbury.
Travelogue 1926 12 mins
Which came first, Cheddar or the cheese? This lively silent travelogue from the 'Wonderful Britain' series may not answer the question, but suggests that, were it in America, this pretty Somerset town would surely have been called Cheeseville. The intertitles offer quips and facts in equal measure, although the light-hearted remarks about some rather rough handling of animals at the market leave a bit of sour taste.
After a whizz round the village and the gorgeous gorge, the film takes a tour of the popular travelogue spot of Glastonbury, at a time when the headline act was still the ruins of the abbey.
South West Silents Playlist
View from an Engine Front - Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Location: Barnstaple
A 'phantom ride' along a fondly remembered Devon railway, crossing the distinctive Taw Bridge into Barnstaple on the way to Ilfracombe
Panorama of the River Avon to Portishead (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 9 mins Location: Portishead
A fine variety of views of the Avon gorge taken from various positions downstream from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Plymouth's Pram Derby 1923
Non-Fiction 1923 3 mins Location: Plymouth
Get that Kruschen Feeling! Pram race to fundraise for the Palace Theatre
Coves & Caves
Travelogue 1920 12 mins Location: Porth
Eden before the Project: a magical, whimsical travelogue of Cornish beauty spots.
Lynton and Lynmouth
1921 12 mins Location: Lynton
Could these holidaymakers have imagined the violent potential of an idyllic Devon landscape?
Barnstaple Fair in the 1920s
Non-Fiction 1926 5 mins Location: Barnstaple
Join the crowds in Barnstaple for fairground attractions
Journey home to Canterbury
Amateur film 1930 7 mins Location: Glastonbury
Join the Blighs on their homeward journey through the Southern counties - calling at Glastonbury and various ancient landmarks east
The Way to the West
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Location: Cheddar Gorge
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Glastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid Stage
News 1972 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Travelogue 1916 1 mins Location: Cheddar Gorge
Pure tranquillity in rural Somerset, a world away from the war raging on the continent.
Amateur film 1930 20 mins Location: Harewood
There are some visual rarities in this fascinating compilation spanning three decades - featuring air raid shelter antics, switchback rollercoasters and aerials over Oxford.
Architectural reporter David Young on Glastonbury
News 1980 4 mins Location: Glastonbury
David Young visits Glastonbury famous for its festival and its legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and Joseph of Arimathea
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete