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Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

CityArk MovieBase

Introduction

 

The CityArk MovieBase comprises electronic copies of films mainly contained in our archival collections. The films vary in provenance from local government collections to the records of outside organisations and individuals whose records are on deposit with us in conformity with our collecting policy. Several films have been supplied by Tony Blake of Whitstable, Kent. We are indebted to Mr. Blake for allowing us to supplement our resource with films about Medway from his own collection (click here).

The manual records which constitute the bulk of the parent collections from which these films are taken are available for research in our public searchroom by appointment.

The electronic images contained in the MovieBase have been prepared for us by a private contractor by copying original cine film and video tapes directly onto CDRom. However, video tape copies of some of our films were obtained through the services of Screen Archive South East (formerly South East Film and Video Archive (SEFVA)), Brighton, who copied reel film and cine film onto video tape. These video tapes were then also copied by our contractor onto CDRom, from which we have uploaded electronic copies to the MovieBase.

To watch and listen to the movies your PC will need a suitable media player. For customers using MS Windows 2000, ME, 98SE, 98 we recommend MS MP v7.1; for customers using MS Windows XP you will require MS MPv10; or try RealOne for Windows

 

It should be noted the MovieBase comprises audio-visual highlights taken from archival collections constituted mainly by written records. The MovieBase is therefore not arranged in any archival order. Researchers who wish to understand the films in context are referred to the descriptive lists or accessions records for the relevant parent collections via the CityArk Explorer query tool drop down menu or manual finding aids in our public searchroom where staff can provide further guidance.

Caveat and disclaimer.

These film extracts are for viewing purposes only. Researchers  interested in obtaining extracts/copies should contact us at: malsc@medway.gov.ukThese films remain in copyright.

 

 

 

 

 


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Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre 

MovieBase Referral Page 

Welcome to Medway MovieBase. Contained below are links to films about Medway and Medway people amounting to many hours of viewing time. We hope you enjoy your visit.

 

Introduction and instructions

 

Medway MovieBase Part I: Films from Medway Archives 1930-2006

 

HMS Truculent 1950 (via ITN Source)
Rainham Rangerettes 1990
(2 files)

Royal Visit to Gillingham 1968
(2 files)

Royal Visit to Maidstone and the Medway Towns 1984
(2 files)

Royal Visit to Rochester 1984
(2 files)

Beautiful Ito, Japan, City of Hot Springs c.1979
(2 files)
Yokosuka: Metropolitan Seaside Community, Japan 1995 (3 files)
Yokosuka - International City of Culture by the Sea, Japan c.2006
(2 files)

The Story of the Brook Low Level Pumping Station, Chatham 1996
(2 files)

Winget Ltd. of Strood, engineers c.1930-1967
(11 files, 16 film runs)

The Theatre Royal, Chatham 1995
(1 file)

Shuttleworth Collection Air Display, Bedfordshire 1985
(1 file)

Medway Cine Club and scenes of the Medway Towns 1967
(1 file)
Kentish Villages in Autumn c.1970 (1 file)
A Chatham family on vacation in south Devon c.1973
(1 file)

April in Kent c.1973
(1 file)

Cutty Sark Scots Whisky Tall Ships Race and Parade of Sail, Chatham 1985
(2 files)

The Building of Medway Magistrates' Court, The Brook, Chatham 1976-1979
(2 files)

The Opening of Wigmore Library 1969 (1 file) (view)

Rochester Historical Pageant 1931 (2 files) (view)

Historical Rochester c.1931 (view)

 

 

 

Medway MovieBase Part II: A social history of the Medway Towns and Lower Medway Valley in film 1950-1985: a selection from the Tony Blake Film Collection *

 

Crew of a spritsail sailing barge c.1950 (file Tony Blake 1)
Morris dancing display in Rochester Castle c.1975
(file Tony Blake 2)
Medway Steam Fair 1970 (file Tony Blake 3)
TS Arethusa c.1965 (file Tony Blake 4)
Remembrance Day at Chatham War Memorial 1968 (file Tony Blake 5-1)
Residents and grounds staff at Foord Almshouses, Priestfields, Rochester and on excursions 1968 (file Tony Blake 5-2)
Chatham street scenes c.1965 (file Tony Blake 6)
A boat trip down the River Medway 1967 (file Tony Blake 7)
Air show at Rochester Airport 1967 (file Tony Blake 8)
Walderslade Carnival 1977 (file Tony Blake 9-1)
Odeon Cinema, Rochester 1985 (file Tony Blake 9-2)
Chatham Carnival 1980 (files Tony Blake 9/3-4)
Cobham Hall 1968 (file Cobham Hall)
Dog show and Punch and Judy show, Rochester Castle 1977 (file Dog Show/Punch and Judy)
Chatham Navy Days 1960 (file Navy Day)
Naval ceremonial in Chatham c.1960 (file RE Band)
Royal Engineers' Band, Brompton Barracks c.1965 (file RE Band)
A street scene in Chatham c.1950 (file Street Scene)

 

Medway MovieBase Part III: Terry Nunn's Village Videos - The Villages of the Lower Medway Valley and Hoo Pensinsula 1998-2004

 

Cobham 2003

Cuxton 1998

Halling 1999

Higham 2004

The Hoo Peninsula: Along the Road to Nowhere 2006

Meopham 2001

Shorne 2004

Snodland 2002

 

To obtain high resolution copies of the Village Videos series, please contact Terry Nunn at www.villagevideos.co.uk 

 

Medway MovieBase Part IV: Boating on the Medway 1949-1995

 

A compilation of juxtaposed extracts from silent colour films recording boat trips up the river from Tower Reach, Rochester to Tonbridge, filmed by different cameramen over the period 1949-1995, with accompanying post-compilation narration on the history of the waymarks and riverside events, buildings, places and people along the route. A large part of the film is footage from 1949 by Jim McKay.

 

Boating on the Medway 1949-1995 click here

 

 

To view the full MovieBase collection report, please click here

 

Other films of local interest

 

 

Medway Renaissance video library, two videos entitled Regenerating Medway and Investing in Medway produced by Medway Renaissance and Southside TV 2006

 

Caveat and disclaimer.

 

Customers wishing to reproduce, print-off, download or publish images from this moviebase, database or imagebase may require the permission of the owner of the Copyright of the original records. Publication by Medway Council of images in this moviebase, database or imagebase does not imply a right on the part of the user to reproduce, print-off, download or publish the images or absolve the user from the need to obtain permission to reproduce items subject to Copyright. Medway Council has obtained permission from Copyright owners to reproduce images in this moviebase, database or imagebase without prejudice to wider Copyright. Strictly no commercial or organisational reproduction, printing-off, downloading or publication of the images in this moviebase may be undertaken without the prior consent of Medway Council or the owner of the Copyright of the original records. No separate or independent moviebases, databases or imagebases derived from this moviebase may be created for organisational or commercial purposes without the express permission of Medway Council or the Copyright owners. Where downloading of images is permissible it may only be done for reasons of private study. Private study is defined by the Patent Office and the definition is incorporated in the relevant legislation.

 

The Copyright to the archival descriptions of the images, contained in the linked CityArk database, is owned by Medway Council and any use of these, for private study only, should be credited to Medway Council. 

 

 

File updated by Archivist 24 /9/ 2007; 27/6/2011


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Newsreel film by British Paramount News reporting the sinking of the submarine HMS Truculent in the Thames Estuary, 1950, from the Chatham Borough Archives. Copyright

From 1 roll of 35mm nitrate film.

SASE accession no.: M020420/3

updated 2015


Date: 1950
Quantity: Pending
Result number 3 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Displays by Rainham Rangerettes, World and European Champions, at the National Baton Twirling Association (NBTA) National Championships, Torbay, Devon 1990

From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC)

Two representative clips, showing a military display and a seniors' military display running for 13 minutes, 59 seconds and championship display 10 minutes and 50 seconds respectively. The full length video is viewable at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre by appointment.

Colour with sound

A Benson Film. Choreography by Jane Tyler, props by Sylvia Payne and Mr. MacKay, filming by Dave and Karen Layton and editing by Dave Layton.

Accession no. MTC/MR/029

Copyright Rainham Rangerettes. Reproduced by kind permission of Rainham Rangerettes.

File updated by Borough Archivist 4 September 2006


Date: 1990
Quantity: 1 hour, 16 minutes, 16 seconds
Result number 4 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Royal Visit to Gillingham 28 March 1968

This film was made by the town clerk pursuant to resolution 515 (f) of the Gillingham Borough Council meeting of 12 March 1968. The occasion of the royal visit was the inspection of new installations at the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME), Brompton Barracks.

The film opens with a view of the permanent way at Gillingham Railway Station, looking west. Waiting police officers are shown on the platform and HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh alight from a carriage to be greeted by Lord Cornwallis, Lord Lieutenant of Kent. The queen wears an emerald green coat and turban style hat while the Duke of Edinburgh wears the frock coat, cap and sword of a field marshal. The royal visitors are introduced to Councillor W.F. Harris, Mayor of Gillingham, wearing his chain of office. Floral displays are in evidence.

In the next scenes, school children, cub scouts and brownies are seen lining Brompton Road and waving Union flags and holding welcome placards, with Black Lion Field, the Royal Engineers' Ravelin Building, houses in Mill Road and the concrete extension to the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes (NAAFI) club building (subsequently the Aurora Hotel later renamed King Charles Hotel) visible in the background. The royal motorcade approaches with police motorcycle escort, police car and an open-topped army Land Rover. The royal motorcade turns into Prince Arthur Road, and we glimpse the red brick NAAFI club building (subsequently also site of the Aurora Hotel renamed King Charles Hotel) on the corner of Prince Arthur Road and Brompton Road.

On the conclusion of their engagement at Brompton Barracks, the royal couple are awaited by crowds at the end of Gillingham High Street opposite the railway station. The motorcade approaches the camera along the High Street, again accompanied by police motorcycle escorts while the crowds are controlled by police officers. The royal couple wave to the crowds from the entrance to the station and the film closes with views of groups of onlookers and crowds at the junction of High Street, Victoria Street and Railway Street.

Edited from a 16mm original cine film shot by Glyn C. Jones, Town Clerk of Gillingham, from the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/13)

Copyright Medway Council

From a video tape copied from the original reel film by Screen Archive South East (formerly South East Film and Video Archive (SEFVA)) SEFVA accession no.: M020420/1

File updated by Borough Archivist 26 July 2006


Date: Exposed 28 March 1968
Quantity: 4 minutes, 46 seconds
Result number 5 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Royal Visit to Maidstone and the Medway Towns 31 October 1984.

The first part begins with previews of the royal tour, the Coast to Coast title sequence and Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary (originally titled The Prince of Denmark's March). The first part records the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth II to Maidstone to open the new law courts at Palace Avenue. The narrator refers back to a previous royal visit to Maidstone by King George III. The Queen is greeted by the Mayor of Maidstone, Councillor Michael Nightingale, in regalia. The mayor presents a commemorative scroll to the Queen who is then introduced to Kent's judges including Lord Hailsham, the Lord Chancellor. The Queen unveils a plaque and is presented with a posy by Clare Cuthbert. Members of the public are interviewed.

In part 2 HM The Queen visits the Wisdom Hospice, St. William's Way, Rochester, founded by Molly Wisdom, a terminally ill patient. The Queen is presented to her husband, widower Harry Wisdom. The Bishop of Rochester, Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard David Say is in attendance. The Queen unveils a commemorative plaque and she and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh are introduced to the staff including Betty Taylor, Nursing Officer and Dr. David Oliver, Medical Director and patients.

Part 3 comprises HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Rochester High Street in the company of Robin Leigh Pemberton, Lord Lieutenant of Kent. She is greeted by Councillor Tom Mason, Mayor of Rochester upon Medway. The royal party is conducted into the Prince's Hall of the Corn Exchange where Her Majesty signs the City Customal and a photograph of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh, assisted by the Duke of Edinburgh and mayor, under the watchful gaze of Michael Moad, Curator of the Guildhall Museum and City Archivist (background). The royal party arrives in the Queen's Hall of the Corn Exchange for a banquet, heralded by the trumpeters of the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME), Chatham. The gathering of 300 guests is called to order and grace is said by the mayor's chaplain Father Michael Daniel. The guests dine on rosette of lamb, smoked mackerel mousse and salmon and Rochester pavlova. Outside the Prince's Hall in the High Street the Queen is presented with a posy by Katie Painter, daughter of Richard Painter, chief executive of Rochester upon Medway City Council. Her Majesty begins a walkabout eastwards along Rochester High Street, accompanied by the mayor, uniformed and plain clothes police officers, the bishop, her lady in waiting and the Lord Lieutenant, separated from the crowds by temporary pedestrian barriers. The Queen unveils a plaque on College Gate [cf. Chertsey's Gate] and is greeted by cub scouts assisted over the barriers by the Duke of Edinburgh. With Union flags much in evidence, the Queen accepts more posies. Finally she is greeted by a Dickensian reenactor dressed as Mr. Pickwick.

Part 4 begins with a glimpse of the route from the motorcade from Rochester to Chatham Maritime where Her Majesty visits the former naval dockyard and is greeted by Lieutenant General Sir Stuart Pringle, Royal Marines, chairman of the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust. The royal party moves on to the Captain's House at Pembroke Gate where she meets Christopher Waites, Chairman of English Estates who shows her a model of proposed developments on St. Mary's Island, Brompton. Accompanying the Queen is the Lord Lieutenant and in the background can be seen Councillor George Smith, Mayor of Gillingham, in chain of office.

Part 5 begins with street scenes in Gillingham showing crowds, onlookers, police officers and temporary pedestrian barriers. There is a fleeting glimpse of the royal motorcade along a route lined with Royal Marine cadets. The royal party arrives at Gillingham Business Park, Hoath Way, Gillingham, where posies are presented to Her Majesty during a brief walkabout. The Queen proceeds to the Jubilee Clip factory where she is guided around facilities on the shop floor. The narration refers to the company's founder, Commander Lumley Robinson, Royal Navy.

Part 6 records the Queen's visit to Gillingham Ice Bowl, also in the Business Park, where she and spectators watch an ice skating display by Robin Cousins, head of coaching and is introduced to Cousins, Karen Barber, Nicky Slater, directors and other staff. The Queen is presented with 4 small pairs of ice skates for her grandchildren by Abigail Price, daughter of David Price, Managing Director of Sport and Leisure Developments.

The film closes with reminders of the scenes in Rochester High Street.

Soundtrack and narration.

Written and narrated by Mike Fuller.

From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/13 (GBC/Box/21 [part])), comprising a video tape of a Coast to Coast production for TVS, Copyright ITV Meridian and reproduced by kind permission of ITV Meridian. The film includes footage not broadcast at the time.

For third party use of this film please contact Meridian's agents ITN Archive

File updated by Borough Archivist 27 July 2006


Date: 1984
Quantity: 21 minutes, 30 seconds
Result number 6 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Royal Visit to Rochester 31 October 1984

Medway MovieBase

The film begins with views of the crowds and onlookers in Rochester High Street prior to the arrival of HM Queen Elizabeth II, from a first floor vantage point on the north side of the High Street. The film moves to the bottom of the staircase at the Corn Exchange where guests are ascending to the Queen's Hall and then to the Queen's Hall itself which is filling, with a glimpse of the silverware on the queen's table. Last minute vacuum cleaning is taking place on the ground floor of the Corn Exchange and we glimpse the photograph of the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Customal in the Prince's Hall, Michael Moad, Museum Curator and City Archivist in attendance.

In the doorway of the Prince's Hall facing onto the High Street are Robin Leigh Pemberton, Lord Lieutenant of Kent and Ron Gregory, Assistant Chief Executive of Rochester upon Medway City Council (bearded). Further street scene and the Queen's motorcade, crowds, pupils from Balfour Junior School, temporary pedestrian barriers and flag waving. Another street scene and banners at the crossroads of High Street, Northgate and Boley Hill.

HM The Queen enters Prince's Hall from the High Street and she and the Duke of Edinburgh sign the Rochester Customal amid flash photography. Councillor Tom Mason, Mayor of Rochester upon Medway is in attendance in full mayoral regalia and introductions are made. The Mayor of Gillingham, Councillor George Smith, invites the Queen to sign the Gillingham Borough Council visitors' book. White wine is served to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh and an informal gathering takes place preparatory to the royal guests ascending to the Queen's Hall.

The next scene is of the crowds and royal walkabout near Chertsey's Gate [cf. College Gate], the Queen accompanied by the Mayor of Rochester upon Medway and the Lord Lieutenant. Cub scouts approach the Queen with posies and we glimpse the TVS camera crew, the scene again viewed from a first floor vantage point. The Queen departs by limousine, the Bishop of Rochester Rt. Rev. Dr. Richard David Say in attendance and likewise the Mayor of Rochester upon Medway departs by official car. A bulldog tenaciously grips a flag while its owner tustles with it and in the closing scenes we see Rochester Cathedral in the background and crowds in the street.

Soundtrack

Cameras Colin Gibb, Peter Tadman and Roy Webster, Produced and directed by Peter Tadman.

Produced by the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) CCTV Branch, Brompton Barracks, Chatham, for Gillingham Borough Council.

From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/13 (GBC/Box/21))

File updated by Borough Archivist 9 September 2006


Date: 1984
Quantity: 17 minutes, 30 seconds
Result number 7 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Beautiful Ito, City of Hot Springs

Medway MovieBase

Showing scenes of the regional geography, townscape and landscape, mountains, transport, roads, shipping and industry including tourism. Traditional religious events and festivals are illustrated, including the annual grass burning, bath tub race, beach scenes, children's activities, the William Adams [cf. Will Adams] memorial and annual commemorations and the launching of a portable shrine. There are further views of the coastal scenery, national park, a cactus garden, flower garden, mountain lake, art gallery, gold courses, fishing and women picking mandarin oranges. The film closes with a view of the city and bay.

Soundtrack and narration.

Presented to the mayor of Gillingham by the twinned city of Ito in 1980.

From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/18)

Produced by Kawai Production for the City of Ito. Copyright City of Ito.

Reproduced by kind permission of the Mayor of Ito's Office, City of Ito, Japan

Yokosuka was formerly twinned with the Borough of Gillingham and is now twinned with the County Borough of Medway.

From a video tape made by Screen Archive South East (formerly South East Film and Video Archive) copied from the original reel film in the Gillingham Borough Archives. SEFVA accession no.: M020420/1

File updated by Borough Archivist 13 September 2006


Date: c.1979
Quantity: 14 minutes, 14 seconds
Result number 8 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Yokosuka: Metropolitan Seaside Community Japan 1995

Medway MovieBase

From the Gillingham Borough Archives (collection GBC, accession no. MTC/MR/18)

Copyright City of Yokosuka and reproduced by kind permission of Masaru Takahashi, International Relations Division, City of Yokosuka, Japan

Yokosuka was formerly twinned with the Borough of Gillingham and is now twinned with the County Borough of Medway.

File updated by Borough Archivist 8 July 2006


Date: 1995
Quantity: Pending
Result number 9 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Yokosuka - International City of Culture by the Sea

Medway MovieBase

Promotional CDRom produced and donated by the International Relations Division, City of Yokosuka, Japan.

The film looks at the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy (USN) in Yokosuka in 1853, geography (including access and nature), industry (including automobile manufacture, information and telecommunications industry, egovernment and disaster planning in the event of earthquakes, welfare and medical sevices), the living environment (including education), culture (including jazz, theatre, opera and sport) and the city's citizen's charter.

Soundtrack and narration.

Published at the request of the City of Yokosuka to complement Yokosuka: Metropolitan Seaside Community (1995)

Yokosuka was formerly twinned with the Borough of Gillingham and is now twinned with the County Borough of Medway.

[Accession no. M128]

File updated by Borough Archivist 17 July 2006
Date: c.2006
Quantity: 9 minutes, 42 seconds


Result number 10 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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The Story of the Brook Low Level Pumping Station, Chatham

Film illustrating the history, construction and operation of the Brook Low Level Pumping Station and Industrial Museum, Solomons Road, Chatham. The Station is regarded as the best preserved example of a diesel-powered water pumping station in Britain and is scheduled as an Ancient Monument.

The narration covers the geography of the Chatham area, Rats Bay and the Brook bourne and the opening minutes include old photographs and engravings of Chatham street scenes and the River Medway at Chatham. The narration mentions disease, the work of the Chatham Court Leet and explains earlier drainage arrangements and the legislative background to engineer John Radford and councillor E.A. Billinghurst's scheme, illustrating the film with the court leet minute book and technical drawings from the Chatham Borough Archives. The film moves on to look at the engines and equipment contained in the station including Campbell and Hamworthy engines, shows volunteers at work. The narration describes the operational characteristics and maintenance of the station and its equipment. The narrator describes the architecture of the station with internal and external views. We see the ceremonial key. The film goes on to illustrate and describe the complementary artefacts in the industrial museum including Alan Williams' windmill models, Alan Sparks' working model engines, printing presses and printing industry equipment including Samuel Caddel [cf. Caddell] of Rochester's Columbia printing press of 1845, an Ashworth Barker twin cylinder steam engine from Tovill, a Hayward Tyler reciprocating pump possibly used in the local oil industry, a diesel air compressor from Borstal, a Hayward Tyler hor air engine and water bolier of 1898 and an Aveling and Porter road roller originally used by Rochester Corporation.

Soundtrack and narration.

Narrated by Mike Peevers and made by Simon Davies on behalf of Medway Industrial Archaeology Group (MIAG) and Heritage Section, Rochester upon Medway City Council, featuring some documents from the Chatham Borough Council Archives (CBA)

Copyright MIAG and Medway Council

Reproduced by kind permission of MIAG

Medway Archives accession no.: M53

NB the Brook Pumping Station has re-opened to the public after a period of service review. The Mayor of Medway formally re-opened the pumping station on 9 September 2006. Opening times are Tuesday 19.30 - 21.30 and Saturdays 09.30 - 16.00 Admission is free.

File updated by Borough Archivist 8 September 2006


Date: 1996
Quantity: 17 minutes, 14 seconds
Result number 11 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Promotional and instructional films pertaining to the products of Winget Ltd. of Strood, Rochester, engineers and their twin companies Syncro, Cook Brothers and Challenge Manufacturing Company, United States of America (USA), 1930s-1967 from the records of Winget Ltd., Strood, Rochester, engineers.

From 16mm originals

Run 1 (File Winget 1A - Clip C2) Challenge Manufacturing Co., Cook Brothers, Los Angeles, California, USA. Opens with view of factory reception and car park. Subsequent scenes mainly show truck mixers stationary, mobile and with drum rotating; disassembly of components; power take off; mixer drum being filled; mixometer gauge, working scale model of drum, demonstration of drum, blackboard diagrams; labourers making roads and paths or sidewalks, c.1965

Silent, colour. 29 minutes, 5 seconds. A representative clip of 9 minutes, 25 seconds is provided. The full run may be viewed at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre by appointment.

Run 2 (File Winget 1B - Clip D1) Challenge Manufacturing Co., Cook Brothers, California, USA, Model 06 mixer truck: the film opens with a view of the manual and shows a mixer truck discharging; Challenge IV speed Eto Mixer; Simpli-Matic Drive; operating and service of model 06 27; truck mixer; labourers at work; explanation of mixer; man in factory dismantling and reassembling clutch and transmission and calibrating components c.1965.

Sound, narration, colour. 19 minutes, 30 seconds. A representative clip of 10 minutes and 53 seconds is provided. The full run may be viewed at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre by appointment.

Run 3 (File Winget 1B - Clip D3) Challenge Manufacturing Co., Cook Brothers, California, USA, 641 Straddle Trailer: a new one man method; showing trailer on road and unloaded; carrying load of pipes and seen again on road; trailer shown loading and lowering girders; shown on road with pallets or crates; underneath view; driver disconnecting and reconnecting hydraulic pipes; trailer loading with concrete sections and on the road again; an enclosed version of the trailer loading tyres; 1960s;

Sound, narration, colour. 11 minutes, 20 seconds

Run 4 (File Wingets 1B - Clip D4) Challenge Manufacturing Co., Cook Brothers, California, USA, 114 tilter: a new concept in concrete paving. The film opens with a road building scene; a mixer truck is filled; amidst continuing road construction scenes, mixer trucks discharge and tilt. The film closes with a scene of laying reinforced concrete and an intersection of flyovers. 1960s;

Silent, colour, 12 minutes, 25 seconds, reproduced in full.

Run 5 (File Wingets 2A clips E1 and E2) Winget Syncro of Rochester and Syncro Machine Company, USA: promotional film for Winget Ltd. high speed thin wall polyethylene extrusion and wire-drawing production line at their factory in Strood, Rochester. The film opens with a view of the production line; subsequent sequences show a diagram of the production line machinery; a flow diagram of system; the machinery is seen in operation; pre-heating, annealing and re-heating diagram; transformer diagram; monitoring equipment; factory staff; tolerances and specifications of machinery stated by narrator, 1960s;

Sound, narration, 17 minutes, 57 seconds, reproduced in full.

Run 6 (File Winget 2A - Clip E3) Demonstration and promotional film for vibratory soil compaction machines and vibratory concrete paving machines. Film opens with view of woodland path before and after start of road construction; demonstration of tractor towing roller; demonstration of self-propelled compactor; graphical results of research by Swedish State Road Institute; self propelled roller; transportation of compactor; use of Pegson rammer for compacting railway permanent way gravel ballast; beam testing apparatus; road construction showing concrete spreader type BU52, consistometer and concrete paving machine type KV2A with high frequency vibrating screeder; joint making machine type FU for concrete roads; a Douglas C-53 Dakota aircraft on a concrete runway. Illustrated with diagrams throughout. The film closes with a scene of a dual carriage way and a list of the machines demonstrated. 1960s;

Made for A-B Vibro-Verken. Black and white, sound, narration. Photography by Ulf Knoppel; edited by Ing. F.H. Uddenberg and Peter Winner; directed by Peter Winner; a Sirenfilm. Filmed in United States of America (USA), Sweden or UK.

Sound, narration, black and white. 11 minutes, 4 seconds. A representative clip of 12 minutes and 15 seconds is provided. The full run may be viewed at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre by appointment.

Run 7 (File Winget 2B - Clip F1) Film of foundry and assembly shops at Winget Ltd., Strood, Rochester. The film opens with a view of the High Street office block and lorries turning into the central atrium and subsequent sequences mainly show the foundry, cement mixer assembly shop and employees. There is a fleeting view of Jane's Creek and moored motor cruisers. c.1969

Made by Audio Visual Unit, Canterbury College of Art. Sound, narration (distorted), black and white, 11 minutes, 20 seconds.

Run 8 (File Winget 2B - Clip F2) Rochester: What is the secret of the perfect mix?; This is a promotional film dedicated to Winget open drum mixer model 05 with semi-helix drum; showing mixer in operation attended by workmen. Also showing components. 1936

Silent, black and white, captions. 7 minutes, 35 seconds.

Run 9 (File Winget 2B - Clip F3) Short film believed showing Winget cement mixer at road works in London, c.1930

Silent, black and white, 1 minute, 48 seconds

Run 10 (File Winget 2B - Clip F3) Winget Ltd., Strood, Rochester: digger with bucket and workmen on site; scenes showing dredging or digging of mud, c.1930;

Silent, black and white, 2 minutes, 28 seconds

Run 11 (File Winget 2B - Clip F3) Winget Ltd. This film may follow on from the previous one and shows a hoist turntable in operation, possibly on the same site c.1930

Silent, black and white, 7 minutes, 30 seconds

Run 12 (File Winget 2B - Clip F4) Short film of workman using a pneumatic drill, unknown location, c.1930

Silent, black and white, 10 seconds

Run 13 (File Winget 2B - Clip F4) Film of plate tamp brick crusher, with workman and supervisor, Winget factory, Strood, c.1930

Silent, black and white, 1 minute, 19 seconds

Run 14 (File Winget 2B - Clip F4) Winget Ltd., Strood factory, scenes showing workman demonstrating cement mixer mounted on four wheel trolley, c.1930

Silent, black and white, 1 minute, 22 seconds

Run 15 (File Winget 2B - Clip F4) duplicate of above.

Run 16 (File Winget 2B - Clip F4) Short film of construction work using Winget equipment in Glasgow, Scotland, showing man operating machinery in factory; large steel beam; c.1930;

Silent, black and white, 3 minutes, 45 seconds

Copyright Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd. Reproduced by kind permission of Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd.

File updated by Borough Archivist 8 September 2006


Date: c.1930-c.1967
Quantity: Pending
Result number 12 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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The Theatre Royal, Chatham

Video tape recording by Lesley Stace BA (Hons.) of Gillingham, produced for her interior architecture course at Kent Institute of Art and Design (KIAD), Chatham.

The sequence of views features the front (High Street) elevation, transverse section showing the stage, side elevation (Manor Road), the front elevation again, various floor plans showing the stalls, circle and offices, the front elevation, site plan and front elevation taken from the Chatham Borough Council building plans CBA/BP/2015, CBA/BP/3321 submitted by Charles Barnard in 1897.

Exposed 1995

Copyright Lesley Stace.

Reproduced by kind permission of Lesley Stace.

For a comparison with still photographs of the Theatre Royal and neighbouring areas of the High Street, see the Couchman Collection

File updated by Borough Archivist 12 September 2006


Date: 1995
Quantity: 7 minutes, 45 seconds
Result number 13 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Medway MovieBase The Shuttleworth Collection Air Display, Old Warden Park, Sandy, BedfordshireCine film produced by Frank and Mark Waslin (father and son) of Chatham, members of the Medway Film Club.Showing parked and flying aircraft displays.Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original. DE1017 (part)]
Date: 1985
Quantity: 3.5 minutes
Result number 14 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Gathering of members of Medway Cine Club and scenes of the Medway Towns in 1967

Cine film produced by Medway Cine Club.

Showing members of Medway Cine Club meeting indoors; a Chatham garden; Rainham Road [cf. A2, Watling Street], Gillingham and the William Adams memorial clocktower; Luton Arches, Chatham and traffic viewed from Mount Pleasant; the River Medway looking across Tower Reach from Rochester Esplanade towards Winget Ltd. factory, Strood, Rochester Bridge Railway Station, Strood, and Rochester Bridge; Rochester Cruising Club trot moorings in Tower Reach; Rochester Castle curtain walls, keep and gardens; Rochester Cathedral, offices of Arnold, Tuff and Grimwade, King's Head public house and Boley Hill; a domestic scene; night time scenes; Chatham Bight, St. Mary's Church and the River Medway; Town Hall, The Paddock and Military Road, Chatham; Maidstone and District buses in Military Road, Chatham; Christmas decorations; the junction of The Brook, Whiffen's Avenue, Military Road and Dock Road, Chatham, showing C.H. Bernard and Son's outfitters' shop; sky and boiling clouds; views of the Luton Valley looking down from the Great Lines, showing railway line (Victoria Line) and moving train, Frindsbury Peninsula and River Medway in distance; Royal Navy Chatham Division memorial, Great Lines, Gillingham; crocuses in a Chatham garden and domestic scenes; the M2 Motorway near Bridge Wood, Aylesford; tractor towing seed drill or harrowing; football match in Luton recreation Ground and Darland Banks; Chatham Docks, Gillingham and The Strand; crocuses; and demolition of a Second World War military or civil defence [?] concrete structure, possibly Fort Darland.

Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original.

[DE1017 (part)]

For a comparison with still photographs of the Medway Towns, see the Couchman Collection

File updated by Borough Archivist 12 September 2006


Date: 1967
Quantity: 12 minutes, 30 seconds
Result number 15 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Kentish Villages in Autumn

Cine film produced by Medway Cine Club or Frank Waslin of Chatham.

Showing Aylesford, Bearsted, Penshurst, Chiddingstone, Yalding and Teston.

Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original.

[DE1017 (part)]

File updated by Borough Archivist 17 July 2006


Date: c.1970
Quantity: 11 minutes, 12 seconds
Result number 16 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Pontin's Holiday Camp, Brixham, Devon and Cockington Forge, Torquay, Devon

Cine film produced by Frank Waslin of Chatham.

Film opens with a game of tennis and sightseeing in Torquay or Brixham [?], entrance to Pontin's Holiday Camp, coastal scenery in south Devon and view out to sea, social gathering indoors, children trampolining, walking party on a coastal path, an excursion to Cockington, children playing on the beach; children playing football at the holiday camp; pony riding; mixed doubles tennis match; family members and acquaintances; a sand lizard; and closing with a brief domestic scene.

Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original.

[DE1017 (part)]

File updated by Borough Archivist 28 September 2006


Date: c.1973
Quantity: 4 minutes, 36 seconds
Result number 17 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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April

Cine film produced by Frank Waslin of Chatham.

Showing country lanes, gardens, orchards, sheep and lambs, ducks, geese, trees in blossom and flowers in Kent.

Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original.

[DE1017 (part)]


Date: c.1973
Quantity: 8 minutes, 3 seconds
Result number 18 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Cutty Sark Scots Whisky Tall Ships Race and Parade of sail Chatham, 1985

Cine films produced by Medway Movie Makers (Howard Ashton, Robert James, Maurice Porter, Frank Waslin and Mark Waslin.)

Cutty Sark Scots Whisky Tall Ships Race

Opening with scenes at St. Mary's Island, Brompton, in the former Royal Naval Dockyard, Chatham, showing briefly a Leander class frigate, the Sail Training Ship Royalist, crew members of various vessels, onlookers, the Kingswear Castle paddle steamer and her passengers, sailing vessels plying the River Medway and concluding with scenes at Chatham Bight. Background scenes include the Medway City Estate on the Frindsbury Peninsula and Rochester Castle. Cameramen's vantage points include Fort Pitt Hill, Rochester and Fort Amherst, Chatham.

Parade of sail

Opening with scenes of the Medway Towns and showing a helicopter flying overhead, craft on the River Medway, Upnor Castle, a port authority patrol boat, rowing boat and paddle steamer tug alongside Anchor Wharf at the former Royal Naval Dockyard, Chatham.

Reproduced by kind permission of the depositor and Copyright owner. Digital version supplied by JAK Computing from 8mm original.

[DE1017 (part)]

For a comparison with still photographs of the River Medway and HM Naval Base, Chatham, see the Couchman Collection: Naval Base and River Medway

File updated by Borough Archivist 12 September 2006


Date: 1985
Quantity: 7 minutes, 29 seconds; 11 minutes, 1 second
Result number 19 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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The Building of Medway Magistrates' Court, The Brook, Chatham 1976-1979

Medway MovieBase

An 8mm cine film made and deposited by P.H. Sutton, former Clerk to the Justices.

Showing the cutting of the turf by P.T. Rogers MBE, chairman of the bench, in the presence of Rowland Newnes, Town Clerk of Chatham, Mrs. Bertha Grieveson OBE JP, T.W. Bowman OBE, Gwendoline Cremona JP (in sun glasses and red hat), onlookers, other justices of the peace and members of the press (2 June 1976), followed by sequences of the construction of the court taken about seven days apart, showing work by the contractor Barwick from a vantage point in the multi-storey car park at the Brook Pentagon (1976-1979).

Copyright Mr. P.H. Sutton

Reproduced by kind permission of Mr. P.H. Sutton

[Accession no. DE866 (part)]

File updated by Borough Archivist 25 July 2006


Date: 1976-1979
Quantity: 12 minutes, 17 seconds
Result number 20 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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A social history of the Medway Towns and Lower Medway Valley in film 1950-1985: a selection from the Tony Blake Film Collection.

  • Scenes on a spritsail sailing barge on the River Medway or River Thames or in the Thames Estuary, showing members of the crew and passengers relaxing or attending to equipment on deck, c.1950
  • Running time 1 minute, 27 seconds. Black and white, silent (file Tony Blake 1)

  • Morris dancing display by East Kent Morris Men in Rochester Castle gardens or inner bailey, showing Morris men and women, folk musicians, hooden horse and onlookers, c.1975
  • Running time 2 minutes, 5 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 2).

  • Medway Steam Fair, Great Lines, Gillingham, opening with view of steam fair placard and showing traction engines under steam, stationary and in motion in a field, with onlookers in background and closing with scenes of a traction engine driving a Foster threshing machine, 16-17 May 1970.
  • Running time 2 minutes, 13 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 3)

  • TS Arethusa (formerly SS Peking), Lower Upnor. The film opens with a view looking eastwards along the water's edge at Lower Upnor, panning southwards towards TS Arethusa. The scene changes to the figurehead and brick huts ashore, showing pedestrians, panning out towards Cockham Wood, trot moorings and St. Mary's Island, Brompton, before returning to Arethusa, showing her from the starboard side from two vantage points ashore, either side of the jetty. The film closes with views of the shoreline and the River Medway, c.1965.
  • Running time 2 minutes, 29 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 4).

  • Medley possibly associated with the residents or staff of Foord Almshouses, Priestfields, Rochester, beginning with a Remembrance Day open air service and parade at Chatham War Memorial, Victoria Gardens, New Road, Chatham. The film opens with a church procession headed by a minister of religion with New Road in the background. The next scenes show church choir members, the war memorial plinth and laying of wreaths, assembled cub scouts and boy scouts, army cadets, Salvation Army band, Royal British Legion standard bearers, a war veteran wearing medals and bystanders, 1968 (file Tony Blake 5-1);

  • For a comparison with still photographs of Victoria Gardens and New Road, Chatham, see the Couchman Collection

  • The medley continues with outdoor scenes of residents and grounds staff of Foord Almshouses, Priestfields, Rochester, tending their allotments and gardens and posing for the camera. Interspersed are scenes of residents on excursions to Tenterden and at least one seaside resort, showing a fast boat ride, fun rides at Clacton on Sea amusement park, Essex and strollers on the Esplanade, Worthing, Sussex, showing Worthing Dome, views of Rochester Airport and a microlight aeroplane and sports fields, athletics event and sea gulls in Rochester, 1968 (file Tony Blake 5-2)
  • Total running time of files 5-1 and 5-2, 16 minutes, 17 seconds. Colour, silent.

  • Chatham street scenes, opening with views of Hawkins' Hospital and the Chatham boundary sign in Chatham High Street and Military Road looking towards the town hall, showing buses, motor cars, pedestrians, Royal Navy sailors in square rig and shop fronts, c.1965
  • Running time 1 minute and 3 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 6)

  • Scenes of Medway Bridge Marina and a trip down the River Medway on a motor cruiser. The film opens with a view of Medway Bridge Marina, Borstal, looking towards the M2 Motorway bridge across the River Medway and motor cruisers on the hard. The next scenes are taken from a motor cruiser afloat and show TS Arethusa from the starboard side looking towards Lower Upnor, a passing fishing boat, the tender under tow, skipper and woman passenger wearing head scarf inside the cockpit, view of the cockpit windscreen and skipper seen from a position forward of the cockpit and a view of merchant ships alongside the Isle of Grain. The film closes with a a view of the tender, the vessel's wake and the River Medway looking west, 1967
  • Running time 2 minutes, 10 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 7).

  • Air show at Rochester Airport. The film opens with a short display by a biplane. The following scenes show a P51 Mustang, an aerobatic display by a pair of biplanes, a view of a static De Havilland Fox Moth biplane, a young woman posing by an aeroplane, a parachutist descending and parked and flying monoplanes and biplanes. The film closes with an aerobatic display by a biplane with stuntman or woman standing on the top wing, 1967
  • Running time 2 minutes, 18 seconds. Colour, silent (file Tony Blake 8).

  • Medley of films (files 9/1-4). The medley begins with Walderslade Carnival. This short film opens with views of majorettes and shows the Boys' Brigade, baton twirlers and an American Wild West pioneer wagon and ends with a procession of floats, 1977 (file Tony Blake 9-1);
  • The next short film shows the street frontage of the Odeon Cinema (formerly the Gaumont cinema, previously the Majestic Cinema) 212-228 High Street, Rochester, looking firstly west (from vantage point diagonally opposite, near entrance to Bourne and Hillier's Dairy) then east (from the junction with Corporation Street), showing passing traffic, pedestrians, neighbouring shops in the High Street and the corner of Bourne and Hillier's dairy, Corporation Street, 1985, (file Tony Blake 9-2);
  • For a comparison with still photographs of the cinema and neighbouring parts of the High Street, see the Couchman Collection

  • Chatham Carnival, viewed from a vantage point opposite Halifax Building Society, 130-132 High Street, Chatham, looking towards Shoefayre, 136 High Street. This film shows a procession of floats and motor and horse drawn vehicles and crowds of onlookers. Participants include F.W. Simes and Son of New Road, Rochester, the White Road estate, marching musicians and baton twirlers, SEGAS, Kent Ambulance Service, men in drag, Winget Ltd. of Strood, Rochester, engineers, Trustee Savings Bank (TSB), Royal Marine cadets band, baton twirlers, air cadets' band, a brewery folk club, St. John Ambulance Brigade, Buy British Campaign, William Cory and Son Ltd., of Rochester, coal factors, Skipaway, footballers, Norsemen reanactors in period costume and Chatham/Valenciennes, France twinning committee, 1980
  • Running time 18 minutes, 8 seconds. Colour, silent (files Tony Blake 9/3-4).

    For a comparison with still photographs of the same section of Chatham High Street, see the Couchman Collection

  • Views of Cobham Hall. The film opens with a view of the west front of Cobham Hall, showing in the foreground the lawn at edge of West Park, panning from left to right from the north wing, garden court and central block to the south wing. Visitors stroll across, sit on the lawns and play football and we see trees at the edge of the south pleasure gardens. After further glimpses of visitors the camera provides close-up views of the porch or chapel entrance to the north wing. The film closes with views of the lawns and flower beds in the south west corner of the park, the west front and south wing, 1968.

    Running time 1 minute, 54 seconds. Colour, silent. (file Cobham Hall)

  • For a comparison with still photographs of Cobham Hall and gardens see the Couchman Collection

  • Events in Rochester Castle Gardens. The film begins with views of owners grooming various breeds of dog prior to entry in a dog show. The next scenes show visitors to the show, the cameraman's relations in Epaul Lane or Castle Hill and in the Precincts, the north side of Rochester Cathedral and College Yard and near Chertsey's Gate. The film resumes coverage of entrants to the dog show and shows an Alsation or German shepherd dog being exhibited [cf. Germany]. The dog show sequence concludes with a glimpse of picnicers in the castle gardens. The next sequence is of a Punch and Judy show, the presenter or ventriloquist dressed in striped shirt and straw hat and concludes with views of the audience of children and adults, 1977.

    Running time 3 minutes, 41 seconds. Colour, silent (file Dog Show/Punch and Judy)

  • For a comparison with still photographs of Rochester Castle and Gardens, see the Couchman Collection: Castle and Rochester Civic Week and Historical Pageant 22-27 June 1931

  • Chatham Navy Days. This short film shows the frigate HMS Blackpool, Leopard Class frigate HMS Jaguar, a sailor in anti-flash gear traversing a twin Bofors gun turret, demonstrations of naval operations afloat, a Chinese junk [cf. China], the dockyard basins, civilian visitors and naval personnel, 1960

    Running time 1 minute, 40 seconds. Colour, silent (file Navy Day)

  • For a comparison with still photographs of HM Dock Yard and Royal Naval Barracks, Chatham, see the Couchman Collection

  • Naval ceremonial in Chatham. This film opens with a Royal Marines band marching down Dock Road, Chatham, followed by a Royal Marines marching contingent and the Royal Marine cadets, viewed from a vantage point on the east side of Dock Road looking towards the former Royal Marine Barracks. In the background can be seen motor vehicles including minis and lambretta scooters. The scene changes briefly to the Town Hall with a Royal Navy marching contingent in view and sea cadets lining the pavement. The next scenes show the marching column returning along Military Road to give the salute to the mayor of Chatham in the company of senior naval officers on a dais. The Royal Marines band beats the retreat in front of the Town Hall seen from a vantage point in The Brook, looking towards St. Mary's Church. Buses are seen turning from Dock Road into Military Road in the background. The footage of the naval ceremonial closes with the band being led into Whiffen's Avenue, c.1960 (file RE Band)
  • For a comparison with still photographs of Dock Road and the Royal Marines' Barracks, see the Couchman Collection: Dock Road and Royal Marines' Barracks

  • Military ceremonial in Brompton. This film opens with a display by the Royal Engineers' Band at Brompton Barracks, Gillingham. The footage begins with an informal glimpse of sitting and standing band members with visiting members of the public and the Royal Engineers' Institution building and Corps Library in the background. In the next scene the band marches through the Crimean War [cf. Russia, Ukraine] memorial arch into Brompton Barracks Square, showing in the background the entrance to the officers' mess, Crimean War memorial arch, Great War memorial obelisk, just discernably the Boer War memorial arch, RE Institute and visitors, c.1965 (file RE Band)
  • Total running time 5 minutes, 32 seconds. Colour, silent (file RE Band)

    For a comparison with still photographs of Brompton Barracks, see the Couchman Collection

  • Very short film of a street scene in Chatham showing a No.5 bus turning from The Brook eastwards into the High Street, seen from a vantage point outside C.W. Finey and Son, greengrocers' shop, 310 High Street, looking west along the High Street and showing the White Lion public house (325 High Street) and the shopfronts of nos. 319-323 High Street, pedestrians, cyclist (in process of dismounting), Royal Navy sailors in square rig and soldiers in battledress, c.1950

    Running time 13 seconds. Black and white, silent (file Street Scene)

  • For a comparison with still photographs of the east end of Chatham High Street, see the Couchman Collection

    File updated by Borough Archivist 3 May 2007


Date: c.1950-c.1980
Quantity: Running times as stated above.
Result number 21 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Village Videos

Terry Nunn's Village Videos series, featuring one hour length videos on the landscape, history, architecture and personalities of the villages and parishes of Cliffe, Cobham, Cuxton, Higham, the Hoo Peninsula (Hoo St. Werburgh, Cliffe, Cooling, St. James at Grain, Stoke, St. Mary's, High Halstow, Allhallows and Upnor), Meopham, Shorne and Snodland.

The views expressed in narration to the videos are those of Terry Nunn and VillageVideos.co.uk. Publication of the videos on CityArk does not imply Medway Council's concurrence with the views expressed therein.

Reproduced by kind permission of Terry Nunn and Copyright Terry Nunn.

Customers wishing to purchase TV quality copies of the videos should contact Mr. Nunn at www.villagevideos.co.uk

Cobham 2003

Cuxton 1998

Halling 1999

Higham 2004

The Hoo Peninsula: Along the Road to Nowhere 2006

Meopham 2001

Shorne 2004

Snodland 2002

Caveat and disclaimer.

Customers wishing to reproduce, print-off, download or publish images from this moviebase, database or imagebase may require the permission of the owner of the Copyright of the original records. Publication by Medway Council of images in this moviebase, database or imagebase does not imply a right on the part of the user to reproduce, print-off, download or publish the images or absolve the user from the need to obtain permission to reproduce items subject to Copyright. Medway Council has obtained permission from Copyright owners to reproduce images in this moviebase, database or imagebase without prejudice to wider Copyright. Strictly no commercial or organisational reproduction, printing-off, downloading or publication of the images in this moviebase may be undertaken without the prior consent of Medway Council or the owner of the Copyright of the original records. No separate or independent moviebases, databases or imagebases derived from this moviebase may be created for organisational or commercial purposes without the express permission of Medway Council or the Copyright owners. Where downloading of images is permissible it may only be done for reasons of private study. Private study is defined by the Patent Office and the definition is incorporated in the relevant legislation.

The Copyright to the archival descriptions of the images, contained in the linked CityArk database, is owned by Medway Council and any use of these, for private study only, should be credited to Medway Council.

Borough Archivist 22 June 2007


Date: N/A
Quantity: N/A
Result number 22 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Boating on the Medway 1949-1995

 

A compilation of juxtaposed extracts from silent colour films recording boat trips up the river from Tower Reach, Rochester to Tonbridge, filmed by different cameramen over the period 1949-1995, with accompanying post-compilation narration on the history of the waymarks and riverside events, buildings, places and people along the route. A large part of the film is footage from 1949 by Jim McKay.

 

Produced and edited by David Kay.

Filmed by Terry Benn, M. James McKay, George Morris, Alan Jenner

Narrated by Bob Holness

 

The film opens with views of Rochester, Rochester Castle, Rochester Cathedral and the Rochester Cruising Club moorings viewed from Tower Reach in 1949. The sequence continues with views of the Short Brothers’ G Class flying boat Golden Hind (G-AFCI), the last working flying boat to moor in the River Medway, moored in Tower Reach, with views of Strood in the background and James McKay, skippering the motor cruiser Osprey, in the foreground.

 

The sequence moves upstream to Wouldham with the church and village in the foregound and Wouldham Common and the North Downs in the distance.

 

The Lady Sheila a steam freighter operated by Thomas Watson (Shipping) Ltd. of Rochester, is seen approaching, having carried china clay and cement to Snodland Paper Mills. Peter’s Mill, Burham and Holborough Cement Works, Gas Works and Townsend Hook’s works in Snodland are glimpsed ahead. The tug Fearnought passes.

 

Aylesford Priory is followed by views of Aylesford Sand Company’s wharf, the motor barge Emerald, Aylesford Bridge and motor vehicles, The George public house and Aylesford village, with digression on local history by narrator.

 

An auxiliary motor barge or spritsail sailing barge with mast lowered passes under Aylesford Bridge. There is a brief glimpse of Aylesford Pottery.

 

Next we see Allington Lock, the lock keeper’s cottage and Allington Castle, with a digression on the history of the castle by the narrator. The Malta Inn, Sandling is shown, with motor cruisers alongside and the barrier and footway in the distance. The sequence ends with views of Gibraltar House, formerly a public house in Allington and a digression on its history by the narrator and glimpses of the former torpedo boat The Saint and Ford’s Wharf.

 

The journey continues into Maidstone with views of Springfield Mill, Sandling, the Tilling Stevens factory, Fremlin’s Brewery and the bridges over the river including Maidstone Bridge, with digression by the narrator at this point.

 

The journey continues with views of the Archbishop’s Palace and old dungeons, the pleasure boat Swan, the Old Ford, All Saints’ Church, Lockmeadow, the tow path near Tovil and the Cutbush Almshouses, College Road. A Broads cruiser comes into view briefly. The following views comprise Tovil Railway Bridge, Tovil Footbridge, St. Stephen’s Church, Tovil and Tovil Bridge Boatyard.

 

The next sequence follows the manouevrings of the motor barge Flagon, a former Admiralty lighter and landing barge, skippered by Albert Rutland. The vessel is shown low in the water at the stern with engine room flooded so as to turn around with her prow on the bank, collapsing a tent in the process.

 

A digression in the progress up river occurs at this point. The camera passes under Maidstone Bridge with a double decker Maidstone and District bus visible above the parapet. Maidstone Brewery is glimpsed and finally the camera passes through Allington Lock, showing the helmsman, his dog and swans.

 

The up river journey resumes with views of oast houses, Farleigh Bridge (East Farleigh), East Farleigh Church, giant hog weed on the river bank, and a digression by the narrator on the Civil War at East Farleigh and Maidstone. Scenes of East Farleigh conclude with the level crossing, pumping station and David Payne’s boatyard and moorings.

 

The next sequence opens with views of Teston Bridge, ruins of an watermill and weir, Teston Lock and the lock keeper in cap and continues with views of May’s farm land, East Farleigh Yacht Club moorings, sheep, Bill Kennett’s boatyard and moorings and cattle, closing with views of Wateringbury Railway Station, village and Bow Bridge.

 

The navigation upstream next takes in the Phoenix Brewery, Hampstead Lock [cf. Yalding Lock] and the Railway Inn, Hampstead. The camera points up The Cut showing factory workings, motor vehicles and youths fishing from Hampstead Lane alongside The Cut [cf. Hampstead Lane Canal] The sequence closes with views of the sluices at Yalding, Twyford Bridge, the Anchor public house, moored boats, a mother and child walking across a footbridge, rowing boat, café and Yalding Boatyard.

 

The camera glimpses three jets, possibly de Havilland Vampires, streaking across the sky. Subsequent views show Stoneham Lock, an oarsman, the Paddock Wood to Strood High Level Railway Bridge, Branbridge’s Bridge and Branbridge’s Lock (East Peckham), the remains of Tumbling Bay Lock, Hampstead (Yalding), Sluice Weir Lock and Beltring Hop Farm and oast houses (East Peckham).

 

Continuing towards Tonbridge, the journey recommences with views of the site of New Lock, a Second World War pillbox, cattle grazing, and bathers near a sluice. The camera and narration now feature the wreck of the Tonbridge barge Llandudno and nearby bathers who are named as Captain Robert Beat, Captain Robert Childs, Gillian Gray and Terrence Somerville.

 

The final part of the journey features the approach to Tonbridge via Golden Green, East Lock, sunken barges, a lifting bridge, lock keeper’s house, Hartlake Bridge, Porter’s Lock and Tonbridge (Town) Lock. A steam pinnace (a former Ross Fisheries vessel) and a Thorneycroft motor cruiser come into view. The lifting bridge is shown in operation and Reginald Beat is shown rowing a home made plywood rowing boat. We see Bob Childs again together with members of families aboard a vessel in the 1970s, passing under Tonbridge Bridge, including Captain Beat negotiating overhanging branches.

 

The film closes with scenes of the severe floods at Teston, East Farleigh and Maidstone.

 

Reproduced by kind permission of John Hedgeley. Copyright John Hedgeley john.hedgeley@tiscali.co.uk

 

To view a map of the Lower Medway or Inland Navigation on the Environment Agency web site, please click here

 

Sound, narration, colour

48 minutes, 49 seconds

 

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre holds the records of the Medway Navigation Company 1740-1936, pertaining to the upkeep of the River Medway. The collection is highly relevant to the history and development of the length of the river as shown in the film. To view a full descriptive list of these records, please click here

 

Updated by Borough Archivist 16 July 2007


Date: 1949-1995
Quantity: 48 minutes, 49 seconds
Result number 23 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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The Opening of Wigmore Library, Fairview Avenue, Wigmore, Gillingham by Dulcie Gray 1969

The film opens with an exterior view of the library, a low brick building. The next scene shows Miss Gray, wearing turban hat, walking through the reading area inspecting the stock accompanied by and in conversation with Councillor Lesley Shuter, Mayor of Gillingham, wearing chain of office, followed by Norman Tomlinson, Borough Librarian and Joan Gillanders, Branch Librarian.

The scene changes to Joan Gillanders on the telephone at the issue desk, showing chairs arranged for speeches in the background.

The camera pans to the right, showing interior brickwork, more bookshelves and Margaret Cooper (later Farman), Library Assistant, back to camera, arranging books.

The film closes with the deputy branch librarian arranging books on shelves in the reading area.

Silent, black and white. Film quality poor.

Copyright Medway Council.

File updated by Borough Archivist 21 August 2007


Date: 10 September 1969
Quantity: 50 seconds
Result number 24 - Please quote Reference: Failed to compute accession number on request slip.

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Rochester Historical Pageant 1931

Rochester Historical Pageant was presented during Rochester City Council's Civic Week in Rochester Castle Gardens 22-27 June 1931 and was accompanied by historical, industrial and trades exhibitions at the Old and New Corn Exchange, evening displays and shop window displays. The pageant consisted of a prologue, eight episodes and an epilogue.

Monday 22 June was designated Royal Day and was opened by Prince George; Tuesday 23 June was Civic Day, marked by the visit of Sir William P. Neal, Lord Mayor of London; Wednesday 24 June was Clergy Day, marked by the visit of Martin Linton Smith, Bishop of Rochester; Thursday 25 June was Industrial Day, marked by the visit of Sir Herbert Austin, founder of the Austin Motor Car Co. Ltd.; Friday 26 June was Aviation Day, marked by the visit of Colonel F.C. Shelmerdine CBE, Director of Civil Aviation; and Saturday 27 June was Dickens Day marked by the visit of Sir Henry Fielding Dickens.

The following footage appears to have been filmed on Civic Day, 23 June. There are two versions of the film, varying by about 2 minutes in length and featuring different scenes. The first clip lasts 13 minutes, 9 seconds and the second clip (clip 3) lasts 11 minutes, 20 seconds.

The scenes stated are fictitious and are re-enacted in Rochester Castle Gardens or Inner Bailey.

First version (clip 1)

Procession

The first scene is of the procession of VIPs entering the arena from the west side of Rochester Castle Gardens, seen from a vantage point at the lower level of the keep looking in the direction of Castle Hill and showing the grand-stands. Footage of the procession continues with a view looking from the top of the keep in the direction of the River Medway, showing grand-stands in the middleground and the bandstand in the middle distance.

Next the procession is viewed in close-up, headed by ceremonial mace bearer and sword bearer, Sir William P. Neal, Lord Mayor of London, the mayor of Rochester, ceremonial mace bearers in bicorn hats, mayors of local municipalities and accompanying ladies. J.L. Percival, Town Clerk, is prominent among those in the procession. The procession disperses into an informal group and Sir William P. Neal is seen standing bareheaded among a group of ladies and macebearers. Neal is greeted by a leading lady and responds, declaring the pageant open, before the visitors move towards their place in the grand-stand.

Prologue. The Spirit of Rochester (played by Miss Betty Wheatley or Miss K. Walter), enters the area from the direction of the keep and comes to halt, with the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. Fame (played by A.T. Goodborn), attended by heralds and pages, glorifies the Spirit of Rochester and crowns her, to represent the Coat of Arms of the City of Rochester. She takes a standard bearing the St. Andrew's cross, representing Rochester Cathedral.

Clio, the Muse of History (played by Miss Gladys Hepworth or Miss Joan Batchelor), not content to tell the story of Rochester in dry prose, calls to her aid such of the Hours of the City's history as she intends to make live again. These dance in. The Muse further commands the services of Colours and of Voices, in order that the eyes and ears of beholders may be pleased. These also approach dancing, whilst in song is expressed their delight to be thus employed. Clio next invokes Elves (guardians of gems and masters of delicate crafts) to assist her to adorn the actors, and Emotions to re-enact the joys and sorrows of former days. They also answer the summons. Finally, all are invited to unite in glorifying the honoured Spirit; and the response to this appeal finds vent in a hymn of praise to Rochester (text taken from the official souvenir and programme). The parts of the Hours, Colours, Voices, Elves, Emotions, heralds and pages are played by children of Rochester Grammar School for Girls, Chatham County School for Girls and boys from Miss Snowdon Smith's School.

Episode 1 The foundation of the Roman Military Town of Durobrivis AD43

Scene: the ancient mound near the present castle

The Episode begins with a tribune, satisfied that the camp at Durobrivis has been prepared for the reception of a portion of the Emperor's army, now returning to Gaul, stating his arrangements for shepherding a small and depleted tribe, who had been finding refuge in the Weald, into the presence of Claudius. The Emperor appears, accompanied by Generals and guarded by praetorian troops. Whilst awaiting the chief of the tribe, he decrees that Durobrivis shall become a walled military station, and that a bridge over the Medway shall carry a military road. The chieftain arrives with the poor remnant of his tribe, and implores mercy and protection. Hostages are demanded and given. Thereupon Claudius assigns the tribe as slaves to Geta, who is to carry out the work at Drobrivis (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

Dramatis Personae

Claudius Caesar, fourth emperor of Rome is played by Major I. Granville Winch or W.J. Joshua; Aulus Plautius, chief legate and later governor of Britain by R.S. Morriss; Vespasian by F.C. Stigant or Rev. S.L. Boucher; Sabinus, legate and brother of Vespasian by F. Lyle; Geta by H.F. Hamilton; Titus, military tribune and later emperor of Rome by G. Pooley; Fabricius, military tribune by S.C. Redwood; Longinus, centurion commanding a depleted century of exploratores or scouts by E.J. Furse; centurion of the Imperial Bodyguard by L.C. Brigden; Penwallon, the British chieftain by J.H. Coles or W.J. Joshua; and the chieftain's wife by Mrs. J. Robinson or Mrs. W.J. Manicom.

The main characters are supported by lictors, scribes, messengers, interpreters, trumpeters, adjutants, knights and soldiers.

Episode 2 The arrival of the first Bishop of Rochester with Ethelbert of Kent and Saint Augustine AD604

Scene: near the Jutish settlement on the hill upon which now stands St. Margaret's Church

The episode begins with the camera panning from right to left around the arena, showing the front of the grand-stands.

In the next scene, a gathering of English inhabitants led by the Alderman of West Kent (played by W. Marshall), Leofwin (leader of the Alderman's minstrels) (played by L.V. Bailey) and the chief priest of Woden (played by A.S. Norman) is joined by King Ethelbert of Kent (played by Paymaster Lieutenant Commander P.H. Morrissey, Royal Navy) and his queen, Bertha (played by Miss Tyrwhitt) on horseback.

The camera pans to the right to bring into view St. Augustine, bishop of the English (played by J. Povey), Justus, first bishop of Rochester and later archbishop of Canterbury (played by E. Bulley), Mellitus bishop of London and later archbishop of Canterbury (played by E. Couchman), Laurentius, later archbishop of Canterbury Paulinus (played by J. Gormon), Rufianus (a missionary) (played by W.G. Bulley or C. Lewis Levy), a crossbearer (played by C.D. Regan) and the abbot Peter (played by Wilfred J. Collins).

Bishop Justus makes a speech followed by a procession of monks and bishops. An English woman is blessed. The final scene is filmed from a high vantage point in the keep and shows local inhabitants kneeling in veneration of the procession of monks.

The Ealderman of West Kent is awaiting the arrival of Ethelbert, who seven years previously had been converted by St. Augustine; Christianity being thus definitely established in England. Before the King appears, the Ealderman by an appeal to loyalty to the Crown, the Chief Priest of Woden by an appeal to the Teutonic belief that a beautiful god, slain but immortal, should reign after the fall of the gods, and the minstrels by an appeal to the dissatisfaction of the people with their life and superstition, prepare the way for a cordial reception of the Christian missionaries. The song of the minstrels is suddenly contrasted by the chant of the approaching monks. Ethelbert and the missionaries having come on the scene, the King conveys his desire that the bishop shall be accepted and his teaching followed. After Justus has promised to found a Christian school also - now known as the King's School -  the King proclaims his gift of lands to Justus, and his intention of building a church near the forum of the devastated Roman city (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

Episode 3 The visit of King Henry I on the occasion of the dedication of the Nave, Ascension Day 1130

Scene: the green near the cathedral, now the site of St. Nicholas' Church

The sequence begins with townsfolk bustling around stalls. In the foreground a hermit (played by E.W. Hawes) affects disgruntlement and turns his back on them. The camera pans to the left until two mounted figures at the head of a processsion come into view, the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. The King (played by Major R.A. Arnold) delivers a speech, in the presence of ecclesiastical dignitaries, interrupted by smoke billowing over the arena from the right. The sequence closes with views of thronging townsfolk.

The Episode opens with a churchwake, at which ale, supplied mainly by citizens, is being sold to defray the expense of the completion of the nave of the Norman Cathedral, which had been begun by Bishop Gundulph soon after the Conquest. In medieval times churchwakes were held even on saints' days and during service time. After a glee has been sung, the royal and ecclesiastical procession emerges from the Cathedral, where the solemn service of dedication, in the presence of the King, the Archbishop and thirteen bishops, has been in progress. The King, a lover of law and order, expresses his disapproval of the churchwake, as a hermit also previously had done. But immediately the attention of all is distracted by an alarm of fire. The King, learning that the whole city is in danger, sees that steps are taken to protect the Cathedral. Then, in spite of protests, he decides to make a progress through the town (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

Dramatis Personae

Queen Adela played by Miss Arnold, Matilda, the king's daughter by Mrs. Briggs, Geoffrey of Anjou, her husband by Alan Browne, Robert of Gloucester by G.E. Wood, Stephen of Blois (later King Stephen) by E. Willis, Matilda of Boulogne, Stephen's wife, played by Mrs. W.B. Lord, Roger le Poer (chancellor) by H.C. Pendleton, lord chamberlain by Surgeon Commander S. Bradbury, Royal Navy, William de Corbeil, archbishop of Canterbury by Bishop G.L. King, Bishop John of Rochester by Rev. W.B. Lord, bishops by Revs. TRL Aldridge, GT Aslachsen, JT Clapperton, FW Farmer, AJM Ffinch, JA Hancock, AO Standen, CE Webb and HV Kemp, Royal Navy and Messrs. E. Farley Cobb, RL Bartlett, JG Machin and T Peters; the abbot of Worcester by Rev HM Johnson; the prior of St. Andrew's Church by Rev SM Epps; a churchward by AJ Simmons; boy server by P. Perse; cross bearer by EJ Phillips; chanters by JP MIller and PT Rogers; the bailiff of Rochester by LJE Hewitt; aldermen of Rochester by Messrs Edwards, Featherstone, Francis, Hale, Harvey, Marsh, Philp and Southcott; ale-taster by JC Warren; gamekeeper by AL Collett; hackneyman by ALD Ball; oyster-seller by Miss Ayling; fish-seller by Miss Bailey and a pedlar by JW Bartlett; glee singers Messrs Blatchley, Horniblow, Millington, Robson, Smith and Simpson; court ladies by Mesdames Bostock, Browne, Brooks, Brooks [sic], Crane, Crout, Crawford, Dawes, Kent, King, Morton, Newcomb, Rigg, Shippick, Warne, JH Wood, GE Wood, Woodforde and Yorke; barons by Messrs HJ Mortley, Epps, Hamilton, Langston, Perkins, Simme, Stedman, Stears, Stacey and Misses Wheatley and Walter; borsholders of Rochester by AC Holliday and J. Lewis. With extras playing Benedictine monks.

Episode 4 Simon de Montfort's last unsuccessful attack on the castle, Easter 1264

Scene: Rochester Castle

Noblemen desport themselves in the inner bailey, one with an eagle, their ladies in attendance. Men at arms descend from the keep into the inner bailey to form a defensive line which is attacked by the besiegers. A melee ensues and is viewed from ground level and atop the keep. The defenders are seen gesturing to the attackers from a corner turret of the keep. After further fighting, de Montfort and his force retire.

Simon de Montfort and the Earl of Gloucester, leaders of the baronial party who quarrelled with Henry III over constitutional rights, having burnt Rochester Bridge, captured the city, and slaughtered many of its inhabitants, have laid siege to the Castle, part of which is already in their hands. Episode 4 depicts their final attack. As de Montfort prepares to storm the bailey, the alarm is given from the Keep. Men-at-arms fill the court below, whilst crossbowmen train their weapons on the attackers. A first assault is beaten off. Sir Roger [Leybourne], however, is wounded. De Montfort's soldiers give vent to their savage joy by roaring a ballad, made in London the year before, in derision of Leybourne. The defenders retreat to the Keep, as the garrison has suffered heavily. A second attack is organised; and de Montfort, confident now of success, demands the surrender of the garrison. But defiance is hurled at him. he therefore orders a battering-ram to be brought up. Just now, however, a messenger arrives and warns him that the King is marching to the relief of Rochester; whereupon de Montfort withdraws his troops amid taunts from Surrey, Fitzalan, Percy and de Saye (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

Dramatis Personae

John de Warenne (Earl of Surrey and constable of the castle) played by Lieutenant CM Stringer, Royal Engineers (RE); Sir Roger de Leybourne by Captain S St D Skinner RE; Lord Fitzalan of Arundel Lieutenant J Murray RE; Sir Henry de Percy by Lieutenant HHC Withers RE or Company Sergeant Major Gander, Royal Army Service Corps; William de Saye by Captain KM Papworth RE; Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester by Lieutenant JEC McCandlish RE; Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Gloucester by Lance Corporal L Field RE; nobleman with eagle by Captain CWR Knight; a herald by Captain H Ewart-Biggs, a messenger by Sergeant D Maskell RE; women in the castle played by Mrs Ewart-Biggs, Mrs McCandlish, Miss Julian, Miss K Faussett-Osborne and Mrs Fryer. Extras in the parts of knights, men at arms, crossbowmen and watchmen.

Interlude

At this point in the performance an address is delivered by Herbert S. Thorpe of Rochester, New York, United States of America, followed by an address from Leon Vincent, Mayor of Calais, France.

Mr. Thorpe, wearing a carnation and holding notes, speaks to the main grand-stand with the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. Dignitaries and guests in the grand-stand are briefly glimpsed and break into applause.

Leon Vincent, Mayor of Calais is seen briefly from a vantage point inside the main grand-stand, with pianos and pianists in the foreground and members of the public on outdoors seating and the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge again visible in the background. The spectators are seen applauding.

Episode 5 The commencement of work on the medieval bridge and the arrival of Chaucer, April 1388

Scene: Near the quayside at Strood

A procession of horsemen arrives from the right and taking station, watch a display by morris men, the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. The dancers are accompanied by musicians. Citizens, women and children of Rochester stand in the backround.

Dramatis personae

Geoffrey Chaucer is played by Rev FW Kay or W. Cobbett Barker; the knight by Olaf Nordbye; the prioress by Mrs EA Spencer-Edwards, the wife of Bath by Miss IP Chappatt or Miss C Bartlett; the pardoner by Mrs D Cuckney; and the reeve by W Anderson. A full list of the caste can be found in the official souvenir and programme a copy of which is held in the Local Studies collections at this office.

Episode 6 Visit of Queen Elizabeth to Mr Richard Watts at Satis House, September 1573

Scene: The Pleasaunce of Satis House

Queen Elizabeth I (played by the Countess of Darnley) is borne into the area in a canopied litter at the head of her retinue. The Queen, having alighted, is greeted by Richard Watts (played by RW Dale) and Robert Devereux, Earl of Leicester (played by the Earl of Darnley) and makes a speech. The visitors are waved off by bystanders.

A full list of the caste can be found in the official souvenir and programme a copy of which is held in the Local Studies collections at this office.

Episode 7 Departure from Rochester of Charles II, lately restored to the throne, 29 May 1660

Scene: outside the guildhall of the time

Three horsemen including the king on the right, hat doffed, played by WS Searle, stand in the arena facing the main grand-stand with the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. Two leading citizens are presented to the King. A wailing woman foretells that the last Stuart king, James II, will return to Rochester ito begin his exile and is ushered away by General Monk.

Rochester was highly favoured by the Stuart Kings: each granted or confirmed a charter; each visted the city. The inhabitants, on their part, were loyal to the Crown, and during the Civil War suffered for their fealty.

Episode 7 depicts the restored Monarch about to leave Rochester, where, after a visit to the Dockyard, he has been a guest of Colonel Gibbon, formerly an officer in Cromwell's army. Many citizens are assembled near the Guildhall. A Royalist song is sung; flags are flown, scarves are waved, bells are pealed; maidens strew flowers in the path of the King as he approaches. Gibbon presents an address, the Mayor a silver basin and ewer, and Sir Richard Head, from whose house James II fled to France in 1688, a large silver bowl. Charles praises the loyalty of the citizens, and knights Francis Clerke and William Swan, General satisfaction is temporarily interrupted by a woman who foretells that the last King of the Stuart line (referring to James II) will return to Rochester in order to escape from the country. She is summarily dealt with by General Monk, the chief agent in the restoration of the Stuarts. Then the cavalcade sets out for Westminster. The crowd, anxious to follow, break through the line of militia, singing lustily (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

Episode 8 Dickens' last vision of Rochester, 8 June 1870

Scene: the shrubbery opposite Gadshill Place, Higham

The figure of Charles Dickens, played by JT Hawes or Sidney M Williams, strides into view in the arena, with the northern mural tower or gatekeeper's lodge in the background. He is next seen in close-up, holding his manuscript of The Mystery of Edwin Drood under his left arm. Dickens falls into a reverie and conjurs up characters and scenes from his novels before the spectators.

A Cathedral Group. The first scene evokes a discussion among a group of cathedral characters from The Mystery of Edwin Drood, a top-hatted man discoursing with a bareheaded man in clerical garb.

The little boy who met the uncommercial traveller near Gadshill (both representing Dickens himself, at different ages). After a procession of passers-by move on, a young boy stands by the older Dickens' side and talks.

A Chatham Group from David Copperfield. David Copperfield (played by D Le Gassick or SR Hopwood) is confronted by an old Jewish shopman (played by W Cobbett Barker) with a garment. Next we catch glimpses of cameos by Mrs Micawber (played by Miss Neile) and Mr Micawber (played by AR Purle), wearing tall beaverskin hat.

A Bull Hotel Group from Pickwick Papers. Mr Pickwick (played by AD Littlewood) and friends arrive by coach and horses, driving past the castle keep. A group discussion takes place and culminates in Mr. Pickwick proposing a toast. The party drive off in the direction of Castle Hill, the cathedral spire momentarily visible in the distance.

It is the eve of Dickens' death. The novelist, having written the last words he ever wrote of Edwin Drood, comes from his chalet to rest awhile in the Shrubbery. His mind reverts to the beautiful description of Rochester he has penned a few minutes previously, and he falls into a reverie, in which there appear vividly before him characters from his novels connected with the city he loves. He seems not only to see his creations, but to hear again snatches of their conversation; and he perceived himself as a little boy speaking with yearning about Gadshill Place. Pickwick and his companions arrive in a coach. Pickwick's suggestion of a minuet to Mrs Wardle- one of the incidents recalled by Dickens- results in the novelist's imagining a number of characters joining in such a dance. After this, the vision fades, to be replaced by the form of Longfellow, accompanied by others of Dickens' friends who visited Rochester. So real is the fancy that Dickens requests Longfellow to recite from A Psalm of Life. Longfellow consents; and both apply the poet's sentiments to Dickens himself. But this vision also fades; for Georgina Hogarth comes to summon her brother-in-law to the house (text taken from the official souvenir and programme).

A full list of the caste can be found in the official souvenir and programme a copy of which is held in the Local Studies collections at this office.

Epilogue: grand finale and march past

The actors and participants are led by staff of Short Brothers of Rochester, aeronautical engineers, with model aircraft components and other local manufacturers. The participants assemble in the arena and send up a cheer. W.J. Joshua, dressed as an air pilot, addresses the grand-stand followed by closing prayers or the National Anthem for which the men doff their hats.

Dignitaries and guests stand for the final hymn or National Anthem, the orchestra playing in the foregound. Sir William Neal leaves, doffing his hat, led by ceremonial macebearers and ladies.

Black and white, silent

Cameramen G. Morris and S.P. Howland, edited by G.L. Springett

Second version (clip 3)

As for the first version except for the addition of a title card and the ending which is cut after the Chatham Group in episode 8.

The footage of Rochester Historical Pageant may have been filmed in conjunction with Historical Rochester: A survey of some of the monuments left behind by the march of progress (click here)

Still photographs of the Pageant from the Couchman Collection are published in our Imagebase

File updated by Borough Archivist 25 January 2008


Date: 23 June 1931
Quantity: 13 minutes, 9 seconds; 11 minutes, 20 seconds
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Historical Rochester: A survey of some of the monuments left behind by the march of progress

A film by Gerald Springett

Part of Watling Street, the original Roman Road. The film opens with a view of a section of the Roman Road transplanted from Rochester High Street to the rear of Eastgate House, Rochester.

The Roman Wall that once encircled the city. The second part of the film shows the the upper parts of the medieval wall, built on the line of the original Roman wall and bushes, probably filmed in the area of King's Orchard and The Vines.

Rochester Cathedral. The third part of the film shows a metal plaque recording the supposed position of the original cathedral of c.604 at the west front of the cathedral. The scene changes to St. Nicholas' Church burial ground in Boley Hill looking north, the camera panning right and bringing Cherstey's Gate and the west front of the cathedral into view. The cathedral is next viewed from a window in Rochester Castle keep, with the River Medway (Limehouse Reach) and the Frindsbury Peninsula in the distance. The camera pans to the right and lowers to show the cloisters. Returning to ground level, the next scene shows the north-east corner of the cloisters, ruined arcading and trees. There is a brief glimpse of the south elevation of the minor south south transept. The next scenes show the central tower, north transept, minor north transept and choir viewed from the north west, with the war memorial cross in the foreground. There is next a brief glimpse of the south side of the nave with trees in the foreground followed by a second glimpse of the cathedral from the castle keep. The west door is followed by a final view of the cathedral from the castle keep. The next scenes show Prior's Gate with the central tower in the background and the central tower viewed from under the Prior's Gate arch.

Rochester Castle. The next sequence begins with a view of the castle keep seen from the north east. The castle gardens are visible in the foreground and the camera pans to the right to show the western curtain wall and terrace. The Crimean War Russian cannon is glimpsed. A plaque explaining the history of the castle wall is fleetingly shown. There follow a succession of brief views of the curtain wall, north west bastion and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge. Another of view of the keep exterior is followed by a sequence of views of the interior of the keep, taken from different levels and vantage points. The castle sequence concludes with an exterior view of the keep from the north east.

The Vines. This sequence begins with a plaque describing the leasing of The Vines from the cathedral to the corporation in 1880 and continues with a view looking south east along of the main avenue of trees (London plane trees). The camera pans south towards Vines Lane. Subsequent scenes show trees and bushes in the northern area of The Vines and children in the main avenue.

The George Inn, 35 High Street. This scene is a very brief one, providing a glimpse of the street frontage.

Eastgate House and Rochester City Museum, 133 High Street, affording several views mainly of the Eastgate Lane frontage and mural plaque.

Restoration House, 17-19 Crow Lane (formerly 19 Maidstone Road), featuring several shots taken from The Vines, showing passing traffic.

Lloyd's Bank Ltd., 69-71 High Street. Street frontage including mural tablet commemorating stay of King James VII and II as guest of Sir Richard Head, 1688.

Guildhall, 16 High Street. Views of the various mural tablets and colonnade.

Old Corn Exchange, 49 High Street. Showing the street frontage, overhead clock and cupola.

Minor Canon Row, Cathedral Precincts. Street frontage.

Quaker Cottages, Boley Hill. A very brief glimpse of the street frontage, a mural tablet and a tablet in the pavement.

Chertsey's Gate. Viewed from College Yard, mural tablet, with a view of Northgate Lane from beneath the arch, a view of the gable from inside College Yard and finally the High Street frontage looking from Northgate, showing passing motor vehicles in the High Street.

Rochester and District Co-operative and Industrial Society Ltd., 21-33 High Street. Street frontage and mural tablet commemorating link with Charles Dickens' character Joe Speck from The Uncommercial Traveller, 1860.

150 High Street (Eastgate), variously Mr. Pumblechook’s house in Great Expectations and Mr. Sapsea’s house in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, street frontage and gables.

The Six Poor Travellers' House, Watts' Charity, 97 High Street. Street frontage, gables, passing pedestrian and mural tablets.

The Bull Hotel, 16-18 High Street. Street frontage, passing pedestrian, royal achievement of arms carved in stone and entrance to stable yard.

Brief glimpse of mural tablet and cathedral burial ground near the castle moat.

Produced and photographed by Gerald L. Springett.

Black and white, silent.

Updated by Borough Archivist 21 September 2007.


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Newsreel film by British Paramount News reporting the sinking of the submarine HMS Truculent in the Thames Estuary, 1950, from the Chatham Borough Archives.

Regrettably it has not proved possible to publish this footage for Copyright reasons.

However, the same footage has been published online by ITN Source. Please visit their web site and enter the search terms "truculent submarine" into the search field top left, follow the links and click on the stills to activate your media player.


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