Benfleet 1920-1930

Star Item
  • Add to Favourites
  • View as stills
  • Description

    A bridge is constructed - South Benfleet, Essex.

    Opens with scene of various vehicles fording a flooded area or shallow river; while on left a bridge is being constructed. MS as horse-drawn cart and small bus cross; meanwhile in foreground a man is spreading the earth around; so as not to have deep ruts where they drive out of water? Cut to an old truck that died while still standing in water - the driver is at the front cranking away for quite a while.

    Several trucks drive across - 1 with a large pipe held by men riding at the back. Small truck now started; drives out. Pedestrians carefully walk across stepping on narrow strip sticking up. Pan left over frame of new bridge under construction. MS Rolls Royce crossing. Man crossing carrying bicycle; another wheels his across.

    Ceremony for dedication of new bridge: crowd on bridge - Girl Guides lined up; priests stand at right. Priests shake hands with VIP who has arrived. VIP meets other men. CU worker with machinery - VIP flips switch. Clergyman says prayer; then they; followed by VIP with wife etc. walk down ramp. 2 little girls give bouquets to ladies. MS crowd around a tower / scaffolding / pan up - various shots as block on top keeps dropping onto pole (like pistons) hammering it down. CU pole sinking deeper in ground. MS vehicles fording river.

    Title - 'When Imperious Spain - at her mightiest - in 1588, sought to impose her will, it was Drake and the Wooden Walls of England that kept her proud boast - "This England never did, nor never shall, Lie at the (timecode obscures rest)'.

    Title - 'Nelson - greatest of all Sailors - at Trafalgar handed down to us for all time our glorious heritage - The Rule of the Sea. In our day - we remember, with pride that the British Navy kept her command of the Sea, the essential to victory - in the Great World War'. MS drawing of battleship.

    Cataloguer's note: the titles at the end do not seem to be related to the item.

  • Tags

  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1920 - 1930
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:51:00 / 01:09:08:00
    ON 218 D
    Sort Number:
    ON 218 D
  • Appears in...

    Religion & Politics
    benfleet bikes South Benfleet
  • Stills

Comments (2)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.

All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

  • This was filmed from the bank at South Benfleet, Essex. This was the first bridge constructed to link Canvey Island with the mainland at South Benfleet. The bridge has been replaced twice since this bridge was built. As you can see from the film clip, the only way to cross Benfleet Creek with a vehicle or horse and cart was at low tide, pedestrians would use the stepping stones. There was a ferry available at higher tides for foot passengers only.

    MickEssex 21st May 2012
  • Thanks very much for identifying!

    British Pathé 13th Aug 2012

Add your comment

To post a comment, please Register or to add a comment
24 January 2015 marks 50 years since the death of British Prime Minister and international statesman, Sir Winston Churchill. British Pathé’s cameras followed Churchill throughout his career.
If you are a media professional and have seen some footage or stills you wish to include in your production, please contact us.
2014 marks 100 years since the start of World War One. To honour this landmark occasion, British Pathé have launched this definitive collection of WW1 films.

Related Videos

An Irish Victory Aka The Irish Victory

An Irish Victory Aka The Irish Victory

Clannarg wins the Irish 2,00 Guineas horse race at the Curragh Course.

Half A Ship Launched

Half A Ship Launched

Forepart of a tanker is launched and joined to the other half at a shipyard.

Half A Ship Launched Dublin Issue

Half A Ship Launched Dublin Issue

Duplicate of story of same name in issue 42/38 - see separate record for details.

Shipbuilding Record

Shipbuilding Record

Item showing construction and launching of warships in a northern shipyard.



The ship 'Strathaird' is launched.

Glasgow Magistrates

Glasgow Magistrates

Glasgow magistrates walk in procession to Cathedral where special service is held. Scotland.

Vip's Arrive - Mass Meeting

Vip's Arrive - Mass Meeting

A naval officer arrives at event, and others attend a mass outdoor meeting.

Ship Launch

Ship Launch

Various shots of a large unidentified ship being launched.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. These images from Auschwitz and Belsen help to remember the horrors of the Holocaust.
The images taken from inside Buchenwald Concentration Camp after its Liberation show us what it was like; it tells us what happened and forces us to remember.
As Britain commemorates the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill's death, here are Pathé's iconic images of the wartime leader.
British Pathe captured many extraordinary events on film over its 80 year history but sometimes the cameras were switched on when tragedy struck.
Franz Reichelt
The great politician and orator Winston Churchill left behind a sea of humourous quips and discerning quotes. We remember some of his finest epigrams and witty ripostes.
10 telling images selected from British Pathé's extensive WWI footage. 'The war to end all wars' was a war without parallel: over 70 million military personnel were involved and over 17 million people died.
There are some people who saw their mortality as really rather funny. Here are 12 of the best epitaphs.
Verbal warfare at its best. Here are some of history's greatest retorts and snarling insults. These people certainly didn't mince their words!
She may never have given a press interview but she is still one of the most famous women in the world. Here are 13 surprising facts you may not know about Queen Elizabeth II.