Title ID 140Collection ID366
TitleLocal Scenes; Family Pictures
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionEllis Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsBeaches Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Roads Trains Winter
LocalBeaconsfield Brighton Dover Pyrford
RegionalEast Sussex Kent Surrey Buckinghamshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Phil Ellis
CameraMr Phil Ellis
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration10 min. 41 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of scenes filmed by Mr Phil Ellis. They include records of day trips and events within the South East of England such as a motorcycle run from Tattenham Corner in Surrey down to Brighton.


The film opens with scenes of the beach at Dover, with the castle visible in the background and crowds, deck chairs and bathers on the beach. There is a shot of a statue of Charles Stewart Rolls, with a close up of the plaque commemorating him as the 'first man to cross the Channel and return in a single flight - June 2, 1919'.

There follow scenes of three women and two men skipping in a country lane. While two of the group swing the rope, the others take turns skipping. The women wear skirt suits and one wears a headscarf, taking off their heeled shoes to skip. A car is parked on the verge, and the women are seen picking flowers. The group are also seen playing around in front of the camera.

A title appears at this point in the film, reading 'Jonathan' and there are brief shots of a young baby in a pram, and a woman pushing the pram along the street. The next section of the film contains scenes of Beaconscot Miniature Village in Beaconsfield. There are shots of the village's miniature pond, garage, water mill and railway, complete with moving train. The film then cuts to scenes of Newark Prior ruins and the river at Pyrford in Surrey. On the river is a long wooden boat with four passengers, two paddling the boat.

A close up shot of a poster reads 'Nineteenth Pioneer Run - for motorcycles of historic interest. Start from Tattenham Corner, finish at Brighton, Sunday March 27, 1955'. There follows another shot of a map detailing the route, and shots from the roadside of various pedal, motor and hybrid cycles passing by, some with sidecars.

Several interior shots of a stage from the back of a room show the performance of a play in progress [lighting conditions mean that this section of the film is rather grainy]. There is one brief shot of four adults riding abreast on horseback on a road.

The final scenes of the film are of Brighton after light snowfall. There are shots of St Peters Church and the Royal Pavilion as well as a shot looking down on a railway line, and a view across the town towards the London Road viaduct. The film ends with a close-up of Mr Ellis' certificate confirming that he is a member of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers.