Title ID 1456Collection ID275
Title[Up North; Motorcycle Racing; Wilsford Heath Farm]
Date1949; 1950; [1951?]
CollectionH A Voss
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Autumn Farming Labour Landscape Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Racing Religious Festivals Rural Areas Sport Villages
LocalStretton Rutland Oakham Huntingdon Louth Ancaster Stowmarket
RegionalLeicestershire Cambridgeshire Lincolnshire Suffolk
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionH A Voss
CameraH A Voss
FormatColour Silent
Duration27 min. 37 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film features collected scenes from trips to the English countryside, beginning with Stretton village in Easter 1949. This is followed by horse racing at Huntingdon, motorcycle racing at Cadwell Park, and scenes filmed over several months at Wilsford Heath Farm, Ancaster. The film finishes with footage of Riverside Farm near Stowmarket.


The initial part of this film was recorded in Easter 1949, and opens on a shot of the Ram Jam Inn in Stretton village, in the county of Rutland, Leicestershire. The family pose for the camera nearby and Voss films scenes of the village, its church and nearby farms, as a farmer transports enormous bales of hay in a horse-drawn cart. The next scenes are of point-to-point racing at Huntingdon Racecourse in Cambridgeshire, an amateur steeple chase race for hunt members. This is followed by footage of motorcycle racing at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire. The next scenes are of harvest that year in Wilsford Heath Farm, in Ancaster, Lincolnshire. Opening with shots of the farm buildings and cattle, Voss films the farmers and labourers in the field threshing and bagging up their crops before stacking them in the barn. There are then scenes of the chaff being baled and burnt. The next scenes are at the farm in July 1950, of a farmer at work in the chicken coops and the poultry in the field before footage of a hen and chicks feeding. The following September, Voss films the farm's new combine harvester at work in the field, unloading grain onto a lorry to be taken to a new dressing plant where sacks are filled. The ploughing of the field is followed by shots of vegetable fields. In the next scene, the women of the household dig potatoes for dinner at the farm before the rest of crop is harvested and the field ploughed. The next scenes are of Riverside Farm, Newham Market, in Stowmarket, where the farmer, Tony, keeps pigs and poultry. Piglets are chased out of the pen by their mother, and cattle graze nearby.