• Short Summary

    A look at the people and scenery of Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel.

  • Description

    L/S of Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel, showing the lighthouse and calm sea beyond; M/S of the sea from the cliff. M/S and C/U of the lighthouse; C/U of light house keeper, John Evans, coming out on to the walkway around the light and cleaning the glass panels; M/S of the top of the lighthouse with the coastline seen in the background. M/S of a goat eating in a cliff side field or garden; John enters shot with a baby goat which he puts down on the ground. A duck and lots of cute little brown and yellow ducklings are seen in an old barnyard (looks derelict). M/S of John holding the very sweet baby goat while the adult one looks on; John holds a piece of food in front of the baby's mouth, but it doesn't look very interested.

    M/S and C/U of a girl collecting sticks in a coastal field for firewood. M/S of a rural-looking, plain pub with a church in the background. The girl comes round the corner of the pub and goes in. M/S of the island's Bird Warden, Barbara Whittaker, a small enclosure covered with chicken wire. She lifts a hatch in the enclosure and takes out a Song Thrush; C/U as she checks it, then seems to give a sharp tug on one of it's wing feathers - youch! The bird pecks her finger (good!), then Barbara puts a ring on it's leg before setting it free.

    M/S and C/U of a man driving a tractor pulling wooden crates on a trailer across a barnyard, as commentator says "this is the island's sole means of transport ploughing along the High Street!". M/S of the top of the old lighthouse that Barbara lives in; tilt down to show her walking out of it and over a stile. She walks to the cliffs and looks out through her binoculars. Taking off her shoes she clambers down the cliff. Lovely M/S of the rough waves breaking over rocks. C/U of Barbara's bare feet walking over rocks towards us; M/S of her picking her way down the cliff. M/S of a small rocky cove looking down from the top of the cliff; M/S of the coastline, with the waves breaking over rocks.

    Note: on file is a small news article about Len Hart, Lundy Island lighthouse keeper (there were 6 in total), an 'Illustrated' magazine article about Barbara, a small guide and list of ferries going to the island. At this time only 16 people lived on the island.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    41.15
    Media URN:
    2005
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    30/04/1956
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:47:00 / 01:31:57:00
    Canister:
    CP 070

Comments (1)

  1. DLight says

    The keeper shown in the film is my father, John Frank Evans, who was always known as Jack. He served in the British Army in Northwest Europe 1944-45, joined Trinity House in 1954 and retired after thirty years in 1984. He was stationed at many different lights during his career including Dungeness, Cromer, the Bishop, the Smalls, the Wolf, the Needles and South Stack. He met my mother, Dorothy Caldwell, on Lundy where she was working as a gardener and they married in 1956. He returned to Lundy in the 1970s but this time as a keeper at Lundy North light. He died in 1997.

    David Caldwell-Evans

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