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Travel back in time with the British Pathé archive
Coventry Blitz - Pathe News
There are newsreels showing the aftermath of the Coventry Blitz

The cockerel is a familiar sight to those of a certain generation and for people with an interest in news and film.

The archive of British Pathé news is now available for viewing on their website - this includes many historical films of Coventry and Warwickshire.

The local newsreels range from a war-torn Coventry, to advertising "Shakespeare Country" in the 1960s.

Famous footage includes the Hindenburg disaster and Queen Victoria's funeral.

The newsreels were originally shown in cinemas across the UK and were highly valuable in sharing news during World War 2.

'Complete desolation'

One piece of film, issued on 21 November 1940, shows the aftermath of the Coventry Blitz seven days earlier. It shows the ruins of shops and homes smouldering in the light of day. King George VI and Herbert Morrison are being shown around the city as fire fighters continue to dampen down the buildings.

You can view the footage at:

Hexagonal homes

Hexagonal house - British Pathe
Could you imagine living in a house like this?

Another piece of film is from 14 June 1964 and shows the construction and completion of a hexagonal house in Coventry. It looks very modern and futuristic for the time and, to quote the narrator, it "holds its curiosity without causing offence, which novelty quite often brings."

They claim that the houses would be suitable for the changes in climatic conditions and would be economical.

The "beehive house" shown in the film was just a prototype and could easily be erected in a couple of hours.

We are unsure if these houses caught on, but they wouldn't look out of place in 2010.

You can view the footage at:

Shakespeare Country

Stratford - British Pathe
This scene in Stratford hasn't changed much since 1960

Another video from the 1960s gives a guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and is billed as Shakespeare Country. It begins in Oxford, but also goes on to show nearby towns and villages, such as Leamington Spa, Wellesbourne, Shottery, Warwick, Kenilworth and Welford.

One of the finest shots is of the now Royal Shakespeare Theatre, resting on the banks of the river Avon.

You can view the footage at:

Other interesting footage of Coventry and Warwickshire includes the construction of Donald Campbell's Bluebird, the Coventry Carnival of 1931, positioning the spire onto the new cathedral, and test driving a car through a snowy Stratford-upon-Avon in 1933.

For further videos from Coventry and Warwickshire, visit the British Pathé website:


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