|Title ID||1084||Collection ID||24|
|Title||Look, Love and Preserve|
|Keywords||Buildings Local History Parks Recreational Facilities Rural Areas Schools Shops Urban Areas|
|Format||16mm Colour Sound|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
By highlighting the genteel character of Sevenoaks and its rich heritage of buildings, this portrait of the Kent market town encourages an understanding of how the past has shaped the current town and promotes the need for conservation.
Opening titles: "The Sevenoaks Preservation Society presents", "Look, Love and Preserve", "Sevenoaks" & "Seouenaca". The film is accompanied by a narrative, which explains the origin of Sevenoaks; shots of the High Weald countryside. A still of an artists impression of the shrine of St. Nicholas is followed by shots of St. Nicholas's church; the narrator explains its history. Aerial views of Sevenoaks from the church tower; the narrator talks about how the settlement grew, focussing on cottages in Six Bells Lane; shots of shops, houses and roofs around the town, including Dorset Street.
Shot of The Shambles; the narrator talks about opportunities for redevelopment and traditional building techniques. Shots of the Old Market House, shops and The Chequers, Market Square; the narrator talks about aesthetic changes to the buildings. Still of a painting of the High Street in the C18. Shot of the fountain in the High Street; still of a sketch of the pond which the fountain replaced. Shots of the White House and the Red House, followed by a still of a plan of the Red House and its grounds; shots of the grounds, including reference to Jane Austin's family who owned the building. Shots of the Upper High Street, including heavy traffic on the road. Still of a sketch of Sevenoaks Park from the C18; the narrator talks about how the then owner diverted the main road away from the house. Shots of Park Grange on the same site as Sevenoaks Park.
Shots of buildings in the order in which they were constructed, including the Old Post Office, The Old House, The Chantery, The Old Vicarage, Oak End, The Manor House & The Royal Oak. Shots of market stalls and shoppers in the town; the narrator talks about how different generations have made their mark on the town. Shots of Sevenoaks School and pupils; the narrator talks about the history of the school and its construction and expansion. Shot of the memorial to Lady Margaret Boswell in St. Nicholas's Church; the narrator explains how she founded Lady Boswell's School; shots of the school.
Still of the former Bradbourne House and shots of the modern day Bradbourne estate, including The Clock House and its residents. Shots of the lakes on the estate; children feed the ducks. The narrator talks about how the estate has been developed; shots of children running through the park. Close-up of a stained glass window in memory of the Lambarde family, and other memorials at St. Nicholas's Church, including Field Marshall Lord Amhurst. Still of Montreal, the former home of the Lord Amhurst; the narrator explains his victory in winning control of Canada. Shot of an obelisque, erected by the Field Marshall to celebrate his victory over the French.
Close-up shot of a memorial to the Nouaille family, Huguenots who built a silk mill on the Greatness estate; still of Greatness Park. Shots of a flour mill and cottages in Mill Lane and Greatness Lane; the narrator explains how they will soon be demolished. Shots of St. Nicholas's church, Sevenoaks School and new offices on Tubbs Hills; narrator talks about periods of rapid change.
Shots of more memorials to notable people at St. Nicholas's church; the narrator explains their significance. Shot of the Archbishop's window; the narrator explains the connections between past Archbishops and their associations with Knole. Shots of Knole; the narrator highlights significant features of the building. Stills of Henry VIII and Thomas Sackville. Shots of Otford Palace and Brittains Farm; the narrator talks about their history.
Shots of Bradbourne Farm and riding stables. Close-up of sign: "The National Trust, Knole"; shots of the park [accompanied by music soundtrack]; the narrator explains how the National Trust help to preserve Knole.
Shots of The Vine where a cricket match is taking place; the narrator explains how the green and surroundings came into being. Shots of the war memorial; close-up of names on memorial. Shots of spectators watching the cricket match. Shots of the adjoining garden; the narrator explains the former use of the site.
The film ends with various shots of Sevenoaks whilst the narrator exhorts the viewer to help preserve all that is seen and loved in Sevenoaks. End credits and soundtrack, including shots of Sevenoaks.
Look, Love and Preserve (1964) was commissioned by The Sevenoaks Preservation Society (a precursor to The Sevenoaks Society), an association of locals concerned with the character and appearance of the town and its surroundings. The purpose of the film can therefore be understood with reference to the contemporary Society's aims, namely to, "encourage people to look appreciatively and critically at their surroundings, study plans and proposals for redevelopment, and study and publicise the history of the town." Screen Archive South East holds a small collection of films produced by the Sevenoaks Cine Society dating from the late 1930s to the early 1960s which record everyday life in the district, such as Sevenoaks Scrapbook (1937 - 1945).
The wider social context in which this film was produced is of interest for several reasons. Firstly, during the 1960s there were significant developments in considerations regarding listed buildings and conservation areas. For example, a survey of England's historic buildings was undertaken during the decade, and the 1967 Civic Amenities Act included provision for the identification and designation of, "areas of special architectural or historical interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance" by local planning authorities. Secondly, the issue of motor vehicle usage was increasingly integral to planning strategies. The rise in car ownership and the rapid growth in the motorway network during the 1960s demanded that attention be given to the resulting rise in traffic, noise and congestion levels - for example, Colin Buchanan compiled a report for the Ministry of Transport in 1963 called 'Traffic In Towns'. Knowledge of these social developments allow for a fuller understanding of Look, Love and Preserve (1964) - as a historical market town located within the London commuter belt, Sevenoaks was one of the prime locations directly affected by both national and local planning policies.
Screen Archive South East houses several films which are concerned with urban development in the South East during the 1970s and 1980s, including The Making of Kent (1976) which looks at the issues surrounding the conservation of the county's urban areas, and Demolition of Folkestone in the 1970s and 1980s (1972 - 1987) which provides a chronological amateur record of the systematic destruction of old buildings in Folkestone and the subsequent rebuilding of a modern town centre and road system.
In addition, Screen Archive South East holds a colour amateur film from the mid-1940s called [An (Art) Historic Tour Through Sussex and Kent] (1940s) which journeys through the two counties, recording their historic buildings and pretty villages.