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Film Archive

Here we present some links to archived film footage relating to Hythe available from other sources.

We are pleased to have the support and consent of both ‘Screen Archive South East’ and ‘British Pathe´ News’ to allow us to include links to material available from their respective archives. Please note the BPN links are for viewing only, any downloads are subject to BPN’s copyright terms.

Screen Archive South East

"Screen Archive South East is a publicly-funded regional film archive serving the South East of England and its six local authorities: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex, Kent, Medway, Surrey and West Sussex. Established in 1992 by the University of Brighton, the British Film Institute, and a consortium of local authorities, SASE is dedicated to collecting, preserving, digitising, cataloguing and providing public and commercial access to its screen collection of films, videotapes, lantern slides and digital files. Its collection of over 25,000 items documents the rise of screen culture in the region and the nation and represents primarily the changing nature of life in the South East from the late 19th century to the present day."

A selection of Screen Archive South East material relating to Hythe and nearby places

Holiday at Sandgate – August 1946

This family film shows a visit to the Kent coast. The seaside scenes include various shingle beaches; the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch miniature railway; chalk cliffs at St Margaret's Bay; swimming in the sea and a picnic on the beach.

Hythe Coronation Memories – 1953

This film opens with views of Hythe covered in ceremonial bunting and captures local street scenes. The film goes on to show children at a large table; then racing each other in a park and parading in a variety of imaginative period costumes.

Cinque Ports of Britain – circa 1959

This amateur film made by a member of the Independent Association of Cinematographers captures everyday scenes from Cinque Port towns in Kent and East Sussex. Folkestone, Hythe, Dover and Rye are all featured, as well as footage from Canterbury, including the cathedral. The film also includes footage of a journey made on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.

Engines in Steam – circa 1961

On the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, several one-third size engines are seen being prepared and travelling along the narrow gauge track. With locomotives including 'Hercules', 'Hurricane' and 'Winston Churchill'. On the Bluebell Railway, daytrippers ride behind locomotives including 'Bluebell', 'Birch Grove' and the Adams Radial Tank.

Building New Library at Hythe – 1962

Building construction and local scenes filmed in 1962. Hythe library is seen; paving slabs are laid below the brick-built exterior, nearly complete. Hythe scenes follow; a rotunda, church, river, punts and bridge and green are seen.

Hythe Venetian Fete – 1981

Amateur footage of the biannual Hythe Venetian Fete, an event advertised as a 'water spectacle'. Much of the film is dedicated to the preparation of the floats before they begin their procession along the Hythe Military Canal. The film has a soundtrack comprising of music and diegetic sound.

Hythe Venetian Fete – 1983

The Hythe Venetian Fete of August 1983 is captured on this amateur film. The opening of the fete is conducted by the mayor of Hythe. Decorated floats process along the Royal Military Canal with spectators and the judges looking on. After dark, fireworks are let off and illuminated floats process for a second time. A commentator narrates each float.

Seen South East – circa 1975 (Hythe from 11mins)

An amateur compilation of places and events in the southeast England. The film, which includes intertitles, captures places of interest at various locations in Kent and Southend-on-Sea in Essex, as well as scenes of beach mission and carnival at Hythe.


About British Pathe News typically short news reel clips - from their website

British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.

Spanning the years from 1896 to 1978, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous faces, fashion trends, travel, science and culture.Over the last 50 years, this material has been used extensively by broadcasters, production companies, corporations, publishers, teachers and museums, among many others.The entire archive is available to view online for free via our website and YouTube.

The company also has a presence on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestTumblrWordPress and LinkedIn.

A selection of British Pathe material relating to Hythe and nearby places

Presentation to Hythe of the City of Nottingham Lifeboat 1930

In Memory of Margaret Damer Dawson, founder of the Women’s Police Service, the creation of a babies home at 1 Beaconsfield Terrace (now Marine Parade), Hythe

Saltwood Castle 1937

No Troops for Poland 1920, meeting of Allied Premiers at Lympne Castle

Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway 1934

RHDR – A Toy Train Goes to War 1944

RHDR – Laurel and Hardy attend birthday celebration 1947

Jones and Waller arrive at Lympne Airport on record flight from Australia, welcomed by the Mayor of Hythe, 1934

‘Peter Pan’s Puff Puff’, the RHDR in 1927, the year it opened


Cream of Cards TV Hythe

We are pleased to have the consent to include links to the below ‘You Tube’ short films from Cream of Cards TV – the site of a local trade card collector. Advertisements precede each clip for a short time. We hope you enjoy these interesting short films showing aspects of Hythe history.

Secret Hythe Secret Hythe (Kent) Tramway Stone 1894 and Red Lion Hotel circa 1622

Secret Hythe

Found Poetry and Found Object Art

Lost Cinemas of Hythe (Kent)

Lost Cinemas and 1907 Sportsman Inn Pub Fire Hythe Kent

Oldest Brewery In England 1669 Mackeson Stout (Milk) Hythe Kent Malthouse

Ghostly Disused Railway: Hythe (Kent) to Sandling 1874 and Abandoned Hayne Tunnel



Rios Ice Cream Company:

Attending the Hythe Seafront since 1958, this short documentary was released by Paper Boat Documentaries in 2017, and is posted here as a tribute to Linda Rossi, who for over 50 years was a familiar and welcoming face to so many.

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