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Cornwall on film from 1931 - 1937

Lizard lighthouse
The lighthouse keeper on the Lizard in 1931 has been captured on camera

British Pathe has released footage its cameramen filmed in Cornwall during the '30s.

1931 - The Lizard Lighthouse

In 1931 the company visited The Lizard Lighthouse in west Cornwall. The film shows the lighthouse tower, as well as shots of the coast as it look in 1931.

You can learn more about the day to day duties of a lighthouse keeper including turning the lamp and cleaning the metal slats.

This is a safety print only as the original was decomposed and destroyed, There is evidence of decomposition on safety print.

Click here to watch the film.

1935 - Sheaf Pitching Contest

This footage was originally part of 'News in a Nutshell' which gathered together international news stories in brief. The contest took place in Camborne in the mid '30s.

The men use pitch forks to hurl the hay bales over (what appears to be) rugby goal posts. The winner is the man who can throw the bale the highest.

Click here for the footage.

Belles of Cornwall

This lighthearted film looks back at Carlyon Bay in 1936. It shows the fashionable swim wear of the time, the old swimming pool at Carlyon Bay, and a glimpse of the beach and the resort's hotel.

Click here to visit Carlyon Bay in the '30s.

1937 - Polperro

British Pathe captured the beauty of Polperro in 1937. The film shows various shots around this fishing village. Lots of clips of people walking up and down the twisting and winding lanes and steps. An elderly fisherman sits by the harbour making wicker baskets for catching crabs or lobster. Let us know if you recognise anyone.

Click here to watch the film about Polperro in the past.

Click here to return to the main page for more films from yesteryear.

Cornwall on film from 1910-1927
15 Jun 10 |  History



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