Short clip showing Bird family on holiday in Brightlingsea, Essex, 1939.
16mm film Colour Silent 1939 1:03
Summary: Excerpt from a longer home movie made by the Bird Family, capturing a holiday in Brightlingsea, Essex in 1939.
Title number: 21037
LSA ID: LSA/27607
Description: Our excerpt opens with a family friend of the Bird family (and best man to Cyril Bird) posing on the deck of the Zephyr motor yacht, looking very debonair, smoking a pipe whilst wearing women's white framed sunglasses in a style made very fashionable in the late 1930s by sirens of the silver screen such as Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford.
Members of the family are filmed leaving the motor yacht on a smaller motor boat. We have a short hand-held panning view across Copperas Road towards the Victorian timber-framed Anchor Hotel and Public House. A short view of the Brightlingsea beach with two men painting a fishing boat up on the sand is followed by a view of Waterside with an oyster bar and cafe and features shops and houses with a horse and wagon coming down the street.
We see the man from the beginning of the film with another man, crossing the street, still smoking his pipe, with his trousers rolled up, and wearing a Captain's hat.
Credits: Bird, Sydney Samuel (Filmmaker)
Further information: The Anchor Hotel and Public House - was designed in 1901 by George Henry Page to stand on the footprint of earlier Public Houses in Brightlingsea. It is now a Grade II listed building but is unfortunately currently closed.
Keywords: Leisure; Coastal Holiday
Locations: United Kingdom; England; Dorset; Poole
julian foynes wrote on March 18, 2021:The Anchor Hotel was a favorite haunt for visiting yachtsmen (some very wealthy) prior to the 2nd World War, when…The Anchor Hotel was a favorite haunt for visiting yachtsmen (some very wealthy) prior to the 2nd World War, when it was the headquarters for Brightlingsea Naval Base. The scenes look very similar today, but the shipyard (just out of shot to the left) has been demolished and turned into blocks of flats and a marina.