A Tour to North Devon

1934 - 1936 , Devon (County)

Holiday in North Devon, including visits to Lynton and Clovelly.

Film record of a visit to North Devon comprising shots of local beauty spots, visitor attractions and the activities of locals and tourists. Shots on reel 1 include: hand pulled rickshaws waiting for customers outside the Grand Pump Room in Bath, Eunice Alliott and other groups of tourists inspecting the interiors of the King’s Bath and Great Roman Bath; a quiet street near the Old Yarn Market, Dunster; the harbour and river at Lynmouth, notably houses next to the River Lynn and its old bridge; views of Lee Abbey and its grounds, notably two shots of shadows cast by trees on footpaths; Eunice Alliott clambering over a rock formation at Lee Bay, children and adults on the beach and bathing in the sea; views of and from Duty Point and the surrounding coastline, including shots of goats roaming on the cliffs; other recreation, a tennis match and adults taking refreshment (possibly in the grounds of Lee Abbey), a group of adults dressed in evening wear watching the sun set over Lee Bay. Shots on reel 2 include: horse riding on Exmoor and, in particular, a group of riders on an excursion in the rain to the Doone Valley; street scenes in Clovelly, tourists and donkeys ascending and descending the steep hill in the village, a woman drying a towel on pebbles, children playing on the slipway in Clovelly Harbour, the views over Minehead and towards Exmoor from North Hill, outside Minehead; the interior of the Church of All Saints in Selworthy; concluding with a series of shots of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a final shot comprising the sun setting over the North Devon coast at Duty Point.

Featured Buildings

Reel 1: Outside The Pump Room, Bath The King’s Bath, Bath Great Roman Bath, Bath Abbey Tower, Abbey Church of Saint Peter and St Paul, Bath Old Yarn Market, Dunster Dunster Castle Old lighthouse, Lynmouth Lynmouth Town Harbour Lynmouth from River Lynn Old Bridge, Lynmouth Lee Abbey, Lynton Duty Point Tower, Lynton Reel 2: Post Office, Clovelly Clovelly Harbour Church of All Saints, Selworthy Clifton Suspension Bridge

Keywords

North Devon coast; Inter-war tourism; Landscape history

Intertitles

Reel 1: The first halt: By the Pump Room, Bath. The chairmen were taking nothing, not even the waters The King’s Bath, Great Roman Bath, and Abbey Tower Nearing Devon! Dunster with its Old Yarn Market and quaint street A few miles westward. Lynmouth has a full measure of Devon charm The River Lynn ripples under the Old Bridge, and between banks of pink and white valerian Lee Abbey, Lynton is surrounded by leafy walks where sunlight plays with shadow Where Exmoor dips down to Lee Bay. Lee Abbey from the golf course Lee Bay A scramble on the rocks. The arch is a good vantage point A pocket Venus enjoys her bath! A bathing party The paths round Duty Point were rich in views of sea and cliff The Valley of Rocks, Castle Rock and Wringapeak Bay from Duty Point Goats roam freely in the valley, and climb the Great Boulders of Castle Rock A steady head is needed to scale the last crag of Castle Rock Wringapeak Bay and Duty Point from Castle Rock When tired of wandering there was tennis The day’s activities were punctuated by tea, (not to mention cider) on the lawn Watching the sunset from the Smuggler’s Lair (9.30 PM) A storm in prospect To be continued on Reel 2 Reel 2: A Tour to North Devon Reel 2 Exmoor is a paradise for the rider A ride to the Doone Valley: It rained all day but no one cared – not even the photographer Watersmeet: The beauty spot of the Lynn Valley Our car was just narrow enough to pass through the lanes near Woody Bay In ninety minutes we reached Clovelly – Devon’s most delightful village Only a donkey would complain of Clovelly’s ups and downs! On the way home The North Hill is Minehead’s beauty spot Looking back to Exmoor from North Hill Dunkery Beacon Nearby is Selworthy: See its ancient church, and old world cottages beloved by artists A last halt at Bristol: See Brunel’s Great Work, Clifton Suspension Bridge. High above Avon’s Gorge One last glance at beauty recollected The End

Other Places

Reel 1: Bath; Dunster; Lynmouth; Lynton; Lee golf course and Lee Bay; Duty Point, Lynton; Reel 2: Doone Valley, Exmoor; Watersmeet, Lynn Valley; near Woody Bay; Clovelly; North Hill, Minehead; Selworthy; Clifton, Bristol

  • Camera : Eustace Alliott

  • Editor : Eustace Alliott

  • Camera : Eunice Alliott

  • Editor : Eunice Alliott

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