The oldest footage comes from 1910 on a Cornish beach
British Pathé has captured many world defining moments over several decades.
On this page we include links to the earliest available footage from 1910 onwards. The earliest films have no sound.
1910 - Religious Ceremony on the Cornish Coast
In this silent film, the earliest Pathé material showing Cornwall, the camera man captures All Souls Days on the Cornish Coast 100 years ago.
The footage shows several priests heading down to the rocks on the beach. Here they perform a ceremony near the sea. Wreaths are thrown into the water.
to watch the silent film.
1910 - Large Steamer Wrecked
The 'Espiegle' ran on the rocks in a dense fog in Penzance in 1910. The film shows the wreck and a tug boat along side her.
The footage was discovered in unidentified Gazettes reel.
to watch the 1910 footage.
1926 - Sennen Cove, Cornwall
There was plenty of excitement at Sennen Cove in the 20's when a new 'super cable' arrived.
The two minute film shows a crowd of men and boys trudging through the sand, pulling the cable.
The footage begins with the message 'To America, which will increase rate of transmission from 280 to 2,5000 letters per minute, landed at Sennen Cove.'
The mile and a half of cable, weighed 45 tonnes.
to watch the historic footage from Sennen Cove.
to return to the main page for more films from yesteryear.