Title ID 1125Collection ID46
TitleO’ Famous Kent
Date[ca. 1936]
CollectionBarnes Brothers
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Farming Labour Landscape Rural Areas Trades Villages Workers
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA Barnes Brothers Production
CameraJohn Barnes; Bill Barnes
ProducerLloyd Barnes; Mervyn Barnes
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration6 min. 3 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The Kentish village of Chilham and its surrounding countryside is captured in this atmospheric film from the Barnes Brothers. Farmworkers are filmed at work in the fields, ploughing the land and collecting the potato harvest; a thatcher works on a roof; a picturesque Tudor village stands quietly; animals graze; and a gentle river meanders by.


“O’ Famous Kent”

One of the Barnes brothers is seen opening a first floor window and leaning out. Intertitle: “Another day is born”. Starting on a farm, the film shows a variety of animals and people who live and work on the land. A farmer greets a postman and chickens, geese, horses, cows and sheep are seen on the farm. A swineherd walks a sow and her piglets along a road. The film then moves to the village of Chilham with Tudor period building and cobbled pavements. A thatcher is seen at work after which a women is seen collecting potatoes. There are scenes of horse drawn carts and farm houses. The film ends with cattle in front of a windmill.


A still from 'O Famous Kent' (ca.1936)