Title ID 5004Collection ID640
TitleGlorious Devon
CollectionCooper Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeTransport Leisure
KeywordsBeaches Cars Children Family Fairgrounds Horticulture Leisure Time Activities Parks Quays Railway Stations Railways Rivers Rural Areas Trains Villages Zoological Gardens Water Transport Ferries Religious Buildings
LocalExmouth Buckfastleigh Budleigh Salterton Bicton
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionH. Chris Cooper
CameraH. Chris Cooper
FormatColour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This titled and narrated amateur film shows a visit to Exmouth, the Dart Valley Railway and the Bicton Woodland Railway. The second section explores Bicton Gardens with children playing among the flower beds and lawns. Scenes of the fountains and statues are followed by views of the "Woolwich" engine on a railway rack. [Part of this film is mute for online use]


This narrated film shows scenes of the the seaside town of Exmouth such as the Exmouth Miniature Railway; Arnold Palmer Putting Course; Exmouth Zoo sign; a waterwheel; town centre planted flower displays; beach views from the main road; merry-go-round on the beach; a series of planted communal gardens; and a boy in a paddle boat on a boating pond (?). The film-maker also takes a trip aboard a Ferry to Starcross, with views of the water and swing bridge; Quayside with boats and panoramic views of the waterway.

The next sequence shows a train leaving a station on the steam powered Dart Valley Railway (now South Devon Railway) via Buckfastleigh to Totnes. Several steam locos pull carriages including the "1450" Great Western Railway (GWR) engine. Views of Staverton Bridge Signal Box and a Great Western Railway sign warning of the penalties of trespassing of the railway, supported by a voice-over narration explaining the history of the preserved railway line.

Scenes follow of Bicton Italian Gardens and the Bicton Woodland Railway (narrow-gauge) with engines from the Royal Arsenal Railway (Greater London) including close-ups of a Royal blue coloured engine signed: "Woolwich" pulling several carriages behind.

The final part of the film shows panoramic scenes of Bicton Gardens, with Italian sculptures fountains and children playing in the flower beds, closing with a brief view of Bicton Parish Church of St Mary and a narrated summary. [Part of the audio is mute, due to the removal of commercial music].


A still from Glorious Devon (1967)