Healing Waters - A Film of Bath, England's Most Important Spa, and Historically One of Her Most Interesting Towns



'The Romans discovered the healing properties of the water at Bath when they invaded Britain. They built a city knead the springs, equipped with a system of baths which exists to-day, as complicated and efficient as any modern plumbing scheme.
The baths were forgotten for hundreds of years until the beginning of the 18th century, when they were rebuilt. At the same time a building programme was started in the town, and before long Bath had become the best planned city in Europe. It attracted the famous and wealthy, partly because of the balls, masquerades and other such entertainments given there, and partly because of the curative powers of its waters.
Those healing waters which flowed so freely in Roman days and in the 18th century, flow to-day, and the city has lost none of its importance as
a spa and a holiday centre.' [1]

10 minutes.
35mm: 936ft. 16mm: 377ft.

Date: 1940 [A reissue of Of All the Gay Places]
Director: William Pollard
Duration: 10:--
Format: Unknown
Sponsor: TIDA / British Council
Production: Strand
Production: TIDA
Script: Donald TaylorPhotography: George NoblePhotography: Fred GamageCast Member: Nina KeechCast Member: Bath Operatic Dramatic Society

TIME/IMAGE Note:This title seems to be a reissue of Of All the Gay Places, the 1938 film by TIDA.
[Sarah - 29/06/11]


Healing Waters (Great Britain)
Production: Produced by the Strand Film Company for the Travel and Industrial Development Association.Description: Direct photography, map and commentary.Teaching Notes: Not available.Distributors: The Central Film Library, Imperial Institute, South Kensington, SW7.Distributors' Cat. Ref.: UK.35.Conditions of Supply: Loaned free of charge.
Contents: Opening with a map of England showing the position of Bath and a description of the legend of how Bath became famous for its waters, this film traces the history of the town from Roman times, giving pictures of the baths and describing the complicated water system they constructed. Bath was then forgotten until the Middle Ages when, with the building of the Abbey, of which a number of both interior and exterior shots are given, a small town grew up. The film then gives pictures of Prior Park and the Circus, which were later designed by John Wood at the instigation of the Mayor of Bath, anxious to improve the town, and also of the Royal Crescent which was designed by Wood's son. These improvements made Bath a popular place, though it had a bad reputation until Beau Nash introduced new standards of behaviour in the town and the film gives pictures of Regency beaux and their ladies in the Pump Room and elsewhere. The last section of the film gives some idea of the present-day amenities of Bath – including tennis and boating – as well as describing how the waters are now used in the cure of rheumatism, paralysis, etc. It finishes with more shots of the town – Pulteney Bridge, the Abbey and the Royal Crescent.
Appraisal: In the absence of better material, the first part of this film might have some slight educational value, but even here it could be more satisfactorily done by still photographs or lantern slides. As it stands the film is suitable only for entertainment purposes.
HISTORY COMMITTEE16mm. Sd.350ft approx.10mins.1 reel. [2]



HEALING WATERSReleased: 1939Director: Donald TaylorProduction Company: Strand Film CompanyProduction Company: TIDASponsor: British CouncilScript: Donald TaylorPhotography: George NoblePhotography: Fred GamageCast Member: Nina KeechCast Member: Bath Operatic Dramatic Society [3]x
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940
  2. ^ Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI
    Index to Vol.11 / No.s 121-132 / 1943-44
    30 April 1944, Educational Films, History
  3. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/229092