Title ID 3356Collection ID436
TitleSussex Fortnight
Genre/TypeProfessionalIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionPromotional/Publicity
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Bicycles Boats Clubs Landscape Leisure Time Activities Local History Outings Racing Rural Areas Seaside Resorts Sport Trains Transport Women
LocalFindon Midhurst Fontwell Arundel Goodwood Littlehampton
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAn E.J. Fancey Production
CameraJeff Davies
DirectorNorman Hemsley
EditorOscar Burn
WriterEgan Storm and Norman Hemsley
NarratorRaymond Glendenning; Ronnie Waldman
CastRaymond Glendenning
ParticipantsBill Anderson (Jockey); Doris Arnold; Harry S. Pepper; Ronnie Waldman
Other creditsValerie Robertson (Continuity)
Format16mm Black & White Sound
Duration30 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A professionally-made film in which BBC Sports commentator Raymond Glendenning tours Sussex on a Penny Farthing bicycle, stopping at places of local interest including Arundel Castle, the beach at Littlehampton and the racecourses at Fontwell Park and Goodwood. The film has an accompanying music and commentary soundtrack.


The film opens with images of the rolling Sussex countryside. Children are filmed on a pony trek whilst three stableboys exercise racehorses with a gallop across the South Downs. Mitchellgrove, the former headquarters of the Duke of Norfolk's stud, now stands idle apart from the cattle which graze there.

Raymond Glendenning joins a group of young women on a cycling club tour of Sussex. He rides a Penny Farthing whilst they favour contemporary bicycle designs. The women sing a song as they cycle to their first point of call - Arundel Castle and the Church of St Phillip Neri.

We next see interior shots of a boat building factory where the workers are busy building police vessels. Some of the cyclists enjoy an excursion aboard the cruiser 'Maybo Eagle', allowing them time for a sunbathe and a swim. The other cyclists are treated to a speedboat ride in the seas off Littlehampton - one of the women water-skis off the back of it. The weekly yacht race is filmed as are some of the local beaches, including the one at Climping.

Raymond Glendinning joins children aboard the Southern Miniature Railway before judging a children's fancy dress competition at a Lido. The female cyclists have a quick dip.

The participants relocate to Bayliss Court where Ronnie Waldman, Doris Walker and Harry S. Pepper open the Climping Horse show and Fete. A show jumping competition is followed by a horseshow for children and their ponies.

The Knaves compete against Henley at a polo match in the grounds of Cowdray House.

Images of the members enclosure, grandstand, paddock and racecourse at Fontwell Park follow. The camera follows the action of an ensuing steeplechase. Raymond Glendenning interviews jockey Bill Anderson about the racehorses under his charge.

The film ends at Goodwood Racecourse. Race traffic arrives, ensuring that a large crowd populates the grandstand and the bookies stalls. Raymond Glendenning is filmed as he provides commentary for the Goodwood Cup.


A still from Sussex Fortnight (1950?) showing Arundel Castle