Title ID 1287Collection ID178
Title[Claygate Flower Show]
Date19 July 1952
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Cultural Events Fairgrounds Fetes Leisure Time Activities
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionW G Balfour
CameraW G Balfour
Format9.5mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration10 min
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film of the 1952 Claygate flower show, exhibition and funfair held annually at the recreation ground.


The film begins in black and white with a page from the souvenir programme for the flower show and an intertitle stating: "Each summer the society holds its display in which the local tradespeople, gardeners, schools and home industrialists compete for the many trophies". People sit in deck chairs and walk around marquees pitched in the recreation ground, with the funfair in the background. Again the programme is shown, stating that "The chamber of commerce tent will be bigger brighter better...”. People stand outside the tent and a girl eats toffee apple. Inside the tent are stands for businesses including Claygate Old English Fireplaces and kitchen supplies from James Burr. Household items, possibly cine cameras and shoes are all displayed on other stands in the tent.

An intertitle then introduces a colour section of film capturing the flower and produce displays. Flower arrangements, cakes, vegetables and eggs are all on display for judging and crowds of people look around the displays. Outside the tent, a man walks towards the camera.

Returning to black and white the same man now walks away from the camera and into the crowd. Also taking place at the event is a dog show and women parade with their dogs for judging. A group then performs a high jump display. Another intertitle declares: "Whilst the braver spirits are not precluded from tempting providence". Men play a game involving dodging a suspended bucket of water. This is followed by prize giving, watched by an audience. At the funfair, people walk past fairground games, buy candy floss, play at a coconut shy and a shooting game. Children sit in cars on a ride, people ride on swing boats, dodgem cars and on a merry-go-round. A final intertitle reads "The end of a long day comes at last and the fair takes full control". Further fairground games are shown and the fair is lit up in the evening.


A still from '[Claygate Flower Show]' (1952) showing a fairground ride