About the film
The Bristol Avon from its Cotswolds source, though old Bristol, to the large port at Avonmouth.
- Release year
- Production company
- BS Productions
- Alfred Leyton
- Alvar Liddel
- Sound recording
- W. Bland
- Running time (minutes)
- 10 mins 20 secs
- Devised by
- Paul Barralet
'From its source in the Cotswolds, the Wiltshire Avon winds through quiet scenery, presently reaching Bath, a city renowned for its architecture and its healing mineral springs. The Avon flows through industrial Bristol, gateway to the Americas. Beyond Bristol, the river broadens; seven miles downstream are the great modern docks of Avonmouth.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
- There are several River Avons in the UK — Western Waterway follows the Tetbury Avon and then the Bristol Avon.
- The “celebrated old Dutch House”, seen at 04:35, was damaged in an air raid on 24th November 1940 and the remains pulled down shortly afterwards. It is thus suspected that this footage was filmed in mid November 1940 — shortly before the house was bombed — suggested by the wreaths on war memorials.
- The SS Arabistan, seen towards the end of the film, was sunk by a German Raider in 1942, with only one reported survivor.