The story of how the town of Lynmouth was rebuilt after being badly damaged by floods.
L/S of the town of Lynmouth flooded with water coming up to the houses by the river. L/S of the water flooding past and a half demolished house in the background. M/S of another badly damaged house and uprooted tree. L/S of a car with a fallen tree across it and people trying to clear up some of the wreckage behind it. L/S of policemen in the foreground and villagers standing on a bridge in the background, the water is flowing over the bridge and there is a rope between them. C/U of a policeman using a walkie-talkie. L/S of the town with the water flowing through it. M/S of the flooded town taken from inside a damaged building. L/S of the coastline taken from a cliff top.
M/S of a damaged house, a man comes out with a piece of the stonework which he puts in a wheelbarrow and starts breaking it up. The camera pans along the damaged wall to another man who is breaking up more stone, more of the town is visible in the background. M/S of a man breaking up the stone in the wheelbarrow with a hammer and chisel. C/U of his hands and the hammer and chisel on the stone. L/S of the damaged foreshore, a car drives along and some people walk past. The camera pans round to men working on a dam. M/S of a man welding part of the dam while others work on it in the background. M/S of another man cementing stone on part of a wall. L/S of the defence wall and the buildings behind it. A mechanical digger moves stones in the foreground, C/U of the digger.
L/S of a waterfall flowing over some rocks, M/S of the waterfall. L/S of Lynmouth main street with people walking down it and looking in the shops. M/S of a man outside a shop looking at postcards. A man comes out of the shop and puts up another rack of postcards. C/U of the man and the rack of cards.
L/S of the outside of Lynmouth post office with cards laid out in front of it and people looking at them. M/S of John Pedder laying out rock on a table in front of the post office, he turns round and looks at the cards. M/S of the rock surrounded by copies of 'Lorna Doone' and various other books including a guide book to Somerset. M/S of a couple looking at postcards and ornaments outside.
L/S of a steep street in Lynton beside the harbour, a man in a sailor's cap bends down to write something on a blackboard in the foreground, he is George Richards. M/S of George bending down to write on the board, he is writing in the times of motor boat trips. The town and harbour are in the background. M/S of another man, Charles Oxenham, leaning on a wall next to a fishing net. He is lighting a pipe, the street is in the background. L/S of a lighthouse and people sat along the sea wall. M/S of a family and a little fishing boat, the woman is in the boat and the man hands the little girl to her and gets in as well. There is another man already in the boat. M/S of an elderly couple watching, they are stood between two fishing baskets, the woman is holding a camera. M/S of the boat leaving the harbour. L/S of the harbour and repaired sea wall, the town is in the background. M/S of the steep street with pretty cottages on the right.
Note: The first section of this item is black and white archive footage of the 1952 floods.