For All Eternity - A Survey of the Cathedrals in England

Here are England’s finest cathedrals and the villages and towns that have grown up around them – Norwich, York, Salisbury, Canterbury, Chester, Winchester, Ripon, Durham, St. Paul’s and Westminster Abbey. With a commentary supplemented by solemn organ music and the chanting of a choir, the film shows the place of the cathedrals in social life, and outlines their history from the Dark Ages, when they were the centre of learning and art. It shows, too, the various architectural features introduced by Saxons, Normans and Goths, and describes the detailed work in stone and wood-carving, statuary and stained glass windows.[1]

Date: 1935
Director: Marion Grierson
Duration: 20:--
Category: History & Culture
Format: Unknown
Sponsor: TIDA
Production: Empire Marketing Board Film Unit
Photography: W. Shenton
Music: J. Foulds
Distributor: Strand


Cathedrals of England is a silent counterpart to this title.

From August 1937, Films of Britain Leaflet: A Report of National Screen Publicity by TIDA:[2]
'The following is a review of For All Eternity in the Evening Standard:

"It is called For All Eternity and is about the Cathedrals of England. It is a film of great beauty, directed and photographed by Marion Grierson. A church choir is used, that of All Saints, Margaret Street, and as it sings beautiful Latin plain-song and a Bach cantata the screen shows soaring pillars and towers, green fields with distant cathedrals, cloister, and choirs in procession. We are shown too the inside of a Roman Catholic Abbey in Scotland, at Fort Augustus. This film is a really impressive portrayal of the Church in England, and I advise you to see it when it comes to your cinema."'

  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
  2. ^ Ref: TNA BW 4-52 - 'Film Department - Outline of Policy (1945)'