Detail

Title ID 1202Collection ID140
Title[Children at play; farming]
Date1944
CollectionJohn Brocklehurst
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeRural Life Wartime and Military
KeywordsChildren Family Farming Labour Landscape Leisure Time Activities Play Rural Areas Second World War (1939-1945) Wars Workers
Location
LocalMersham Tenterden Instow
RegionalDevon Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionJohn Brocklehurst
CameraJohn Brocklehurst
ParticipantsJanet Brocklehurst; John Brocklehurst
FormatColour Silent
Duration14 min. 5 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

Colour amateur footage which shows the Brocklehurst children playing at a plot of land owned by their family in Mersham, Kent and the surrounding countryside; farm labourers are seen busily getting in the harvest.

Description

The film opens with images of young children picking flowers in the countryside. They are next seen building sandcastles out of a pile of sand on the building plot at Mersham. They are also filmed having a hay fight in the orchard where they later enjoy a birthday picnic. At Instow, Devon they are seen riding a pony along country lanes near the farm to which they were evacuated during the war. They are also seen playing in the shallows on a sandy beach and playing croquet in a garden with elderly companions at a house at St. Michael's, near Tenterden.

The film also includes footage of labourers working on the land during harvest time. A woman sows seeds. Another is filmed picking cherries at Mersham. Male workers harvest the corn, using a mechanical harvester to cut the crop before collecting it into stacks and loading it onto a horse-drawn cart.