Title ID 4457Collection ID544
Title[Cookham Scenes: The Grange, Horse Racing, Boat Trip]
Date[ca. 1933]
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Racing Cars Domestic Gardens Family Houses Outings Rivers Workers
LocalCookham Reading Henley-on-Thames
RegionalBerkshire Oxfordshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration8 min. 28 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Home movie scenes filmed at the family house in Cookham, races at Reading, and during a boat trip along the Thames to Henley in 1933, by an unknown amateur photographer.


A steam train passes underneath a bridge, where a level crossing's gates close. The train pulls into Cookham Station, where passengers wait with their luggage. A man walks from the platform to his motorcar outside a shop. Footage shot from the moving motorcar follows, stopping at a sign directing drivers to Cookham Rise, Cookham and Cookham Station.

A woman, the young man's mother, walks in the garden. He kisses her on the cheek in greeting. He is seen under the bonnet, fixing his car. The gardener is seen, watering the plants in the well-kept garden. The camera focusses on his hand and the jet of water, before showing the scene from a distance. Chickens peck at the ground, where a man feeds them. A woman hangs out washing on a line. Two of the members of staff at the house open windows from the inside and look out, smiling at the camera. A young woman is seen with a bird cage. A man and woman ride horses along a road.

Horse racing scenes at Reading follow. Betting stalls are seen from a distance, their signs in bold lettering. They read 'Ingram', 'Starr Bros.', 'A.R. Lake', 'May', 'Fred Eighteen' and 'Charles Gardener'. Horses jump over hedges and race past. Crowds gather at the bookies. Garden scenes, filmed in the grounds of a mock-tudor house, follow. A bridge reaches over a stream in the rockery. A wide lawn, pond, tennis court and avery are also seen. A woman plays tennis on the court with a wooden racket.

A boat passes along the River Thames at Shiplake Lock and Thames Conservatory, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Swans and Cygnets are seen on the water, where family members punt and picnic by the river, and knit and sew in the shade.