Title ID 10106Collection ID1385
Title[Crowhurst Farm Mission]
Date[ca. 1932]
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsChildren Family Farming Religious Activities Charities Rural Areas Workers
LocalEast Peckham
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDr A F Foster-Carter (?)
CameraDr A F Foster-Carter (?)
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film recording the work of the Crowhurst Farm Mission for hop-pickers in East Peckham, Kent run by the Reverend Miles Sargent with the support of medical students from London and the University of Oxford.


The film opens with open-air scenes of the buildings and accommodation on the hop farm. Young male volunteers, identifiable by their scarfs fastened with woggles, are seen preparing food outside in a sheltered cooking area and taking refreshments to the hop-picking families in the fields. One of the volunteers dances with the children and messes around with the family groups, play-fighting, only to end up having hops stuffed down his shirt by one of the female hop-pickers. Next is a scene in the mission surgery with one volunteer bandaging a woman's arm. More scenes of play and rest on the farm follow along with a glimpse of a motorised ambulance. Children gather wood and the hoppers' huts can be seen in the background. Interior scenes of the volunteers taking refreshments in the canteen follow.

Next we see the Crowhurst Farm Mission Traveling Dispensary motorised Morris ambulance leave the farm. More scenes of life on the farm follow, with games and activities in the canteen building. Two Clergymen sit quietly outside with two young children and the volunteers play with the older children. An open-air church service takes place with many children seated and volunteers in attendance. 12 volunteers line-up to be filmed outside the corrugated iron mission hut and a clergyman walks by.

The volunteers joke around with the children, more scenes on the farm follow.


A black and white still image taken from TID 10106, showing a portrait style gathering group of workers, their children, volunteers and Reverend Miles Sargent stood together on Crowhurst Farm. The Reverend is supporting a young child that is sat on his shoulder.