Title ID 10819Collection ID1265
TitleRoyal Visit; Richmond Royal Horse Show; Freemen School
Date1950 - 1951
CollectionJohn William Bell
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Early Film In The South East Leisure
KeywordsBoats Celebrations Harbours Parks Children Family Youth Ceremonies Christmas Communities Commemorative Events Leisure Time Activities Play
LocalNorth Cheam Portsmouth Ashtead
RegionalSurrey Hampshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn William Bell
CameraJohn William Bell
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


An amateur film documenting two children's upbringing including a royal visit, a horse show and a school event between 1950 and 1951.


An amateur film documenting two children's upbringings, a royal visit, a horse show and a school event between 1950 and 1951. The film opens with David and his younger brother who are filmed playing in their garden with toys or household objects and at Nonsuch park between August 23rd and October 15th.

Queen Juliana of The Netherlands visits the Guildhall, City of London on November 22nd,1950 where we see Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard pass St. Paul's Cathedral in horse pulled carriage, as a crowd gather to watch. Christmas of 1950 is introduced to us through imagery of light, an open fire and mistletoe where we later see David and his brother playing with a toy train and a toy car. David is now ten and his brother is now three. David's brother is filmed playing with a musical Easter egg then with David playing with a toy train. David's brother is filmed on a tricycle while David rides in his brother's car, and the younger boy is then captured running down the garden and painting the gate. The Richmond Royal Horse Show takes place on June 7th, David and his brother are filmed playing cricket and his brother kicks a beach ball. This is followed by shots of the HMS victory in Portsmouth on October 21st, 1805. Speech day and the distribution of prizes for London's Freeman's School takes place in Ashtead park on July 24th, 1951, the mayor and academics arrive and prizes are awarded. The mayor then plants a commemorative tree which is followed by children dancing around a maypole and performing gymnastics. The film ends with David's brother filling a dinghy in his garden and sailing toy boats in it.