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British Pathé Film Clips of Rivers and Canals

With thanks to Clive Henderson, the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) National Chairman, who produced the list of clips that formed the basis of these pages.

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1,000 Ton Barge

Meridian, a 1,000 ton barge is the first of this size on the Thames.

Date: 1968-12-08

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 1.00 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Along the Thames

Various shots of river and buildings along banks, including GLC building. Various shots people waiting to catch tourist river cruisers at Greenwich. Various shots of Charing Cross Pier. More general shots of river, including shots of Royal Festival Hall, Waterloo Bridge and St. Paul's Cathedral. Good shots showing industrial aspect of river: dredgers, cranes and disused warehouses (before Docklands regeneration). General shots river, including Tower Bridge.

Date: Between 1971-00-00 and 1979-00-00

Film Type: colour - mute

Duration: 5.00 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Amphibian Plane at Westminster

The Vickers "Viking" amphibian (with 450 H.P. Napier Engines) won 10,000 Air Ministry prize and is seen here taking off from the Thames at Westminster.

Date: 1921-02-10

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 1.00 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Amphibious Car on the Severn

The country lanes around Chaceley near Tewkesbury were flooded by water from the River Severn. But Mr Brian Burnet the landlord of the 'Yew Tree Inn'.takes customers in his amphicar.

Date: Between 1966-00-00 and 1966-12-31

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 4.34 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Severn

Amphibious Car on the Thames

The car is seen on the road, going into the Thames and cruising past Hampton Court.

Date: 1963-10-20

Film Type: colour - sound

Duration: 1.63 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Amphibious caravan at Henley-on-Thames

Various shots of the amphibious caravan on the River Thames at Henley.

Date: 1967-07-16

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 0.85 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Anderton Boat Lift

Shots of the Anderton Boat Lift in action.

Date: Not Known

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 2.00 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Trent and Mersey Canal
River Weaver

Anderton Boat Lift 1931

Boats being raised from the Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.

Date: 1931-06-08

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 2.26 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Trent and Mersey Canal
River Weaver

Anderton Boat Lift 1964

James Bradley sails down the River Weaver on his boat, various shots of the Anderton Boat Lift, a floating dock of water which lifts the boat 50 feet to the canal. Various shots as the boat goes into the lift, the attendant George Beech works the mechanisms. There are shots of the lift going slowly up and the cogs working it. Various shots of views from the lift. We see the barge sail out and along the canal.

Date: 1964-06-28

Film Type: colour - sound

Duration: 2.00 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Trent and Mersey Canal
River Weaver

Avon at Stratford

Old footage of the river at Stratford upon Avon.

Date: Not Known

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 2.61 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Avon (Warwick)

Avonmouth Docks

Avonmouth docks and the City of Bristol.

Date: Between 1964-00-00 and 1964-12-31

Film Type: colour - sound

Duration: 9.05 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Avon (Bristol)
River Severn

Barge Horses

Shots of horses pulling barges on a wide canal, probably the Regents Canal or the Grand Union Paddington Branch, which were known to use horse drawn barges around this time.

Date: 1947-08-18

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 1.63 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Grand Union Paddington Branch
Grand Union Regents Canal

Barge Restaurant

A story about the barge Pretoria which becomes a restaurant. Taken from Pin Mill on river Orwell, the Pretoria sails to London with Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, author and President of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) aboard.

Date: 1964-02-02

Film Type: colour - sound

Duration: 3.95 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Orwell
River Thames

Bargee Song

Baritone Gerald Nodin sings the Bargee Song preceded by brief shots of barges and narrowboats on a canal, probably the Grand Union.

Date: 1937-04-01

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 3.34 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Grand Union Main Line

Barton Swing Aqueduct

Shows the operation of the Barton Swing Aqueduct that carries the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal.

Date: 1936-07-02

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 1.40 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Bridgewater Canal
Manchester Ship Canal

Boat Afloat Show - Little Venice

The Transport Minister, Earnest Marples, opens the show in London. Shots of assorted craft and activities.

Date: 1963-04-04

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 2.20 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Grand Union Paddington Branch
Grand Union Regents Canal

Boat Building at Eton

At Eton boathouse, Windsor in Berkshire. Mr Herbert O'Dell working on sculling boat. Mr Len Ferne makes a large oar.

Date: 1950-03-26

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 1.62 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Boat trip for wounded soldiers

Shows a boat trip on the Thames in London used as recreation for wounded World War One soldiers. Starting at Westminster it includes a shot of Tower Bridge from the river.

Date: Not Known

Film Type: B&W - mute

Duration: 0.95 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

Boating Holidays show in Little Venice

British Waterways sponsored show of holiday boats and ideas for cruising the canals, an industry still in its infancy in 1961.

Date: 1961-04-03

Film Type: B&W - sound

Duration: 1.10 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


Grand Union Paddington Branch
Grand Union Regents Canal

Boating on the Thames

Various boating shots of many types of craft, cruisers, sailing boats, canoes, etc. Includes upper Thames and London.

Date: Between 1970-00-00 and 1974-00-00

Film Type: colour - mute

Duration: 15.50 minutes.

Relevant Waterways


River Thames

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