Title ID 1202Collection ID140
Title[Children at play; farming]
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
LocalMersham Tenterden Instow
RegionalDevon Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
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


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.


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.