Title ID 1517Collection ID480
Title[A ‘Capitol’ Newsreel by Clifford Spain II]
Date1922 - 1932
CollectionClifford Spain
Genre/TypeProfessionalIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionNewsreel/News
KeywordsAnimals Carnivals Charities Communities Cultural Events Fetes Games Leisure Time Activities Parades Sport
LocalKingston-upon-Thames Sunbury Walton-on-Thames Weybridge
RegionalGreater London Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionThe Capitol Jubilee Gazette (?)
ParticipantsFather O'Beirne; Lady Edward Spencer Churchill; Lady Doughty; Cllr A.J. Fells; J. Powell
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration20 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films of local interest which which were exhibited in a newsreel format at the Capitol Cinema in Walton-on-Thames by its manager Clifford Spain. The films, from 1922, 1931 and 1932, record community events including an RSPCA horse show and several garden fetes. The camera pays much attention to recording the visitors who frequent the events.


"R.S.P.C.A. Horse Parade held at Ham Boundary, Kingston. Wednesday, June 13th" (1922)

The fim starts with images of an RSPCA horse parade. This is followed by a horse show - entrants include Coal Merchants and Vanners Singles.

"Scenes at the Hospital Garden Fete held on Wednesday last" (1931)

A huge multigenerational crowd enjoys the entertainments on offer at a garden fete.

"Father O'Beirne's Garden Fete at 'Oakfields', Walton, July 11th. Opened by Lady Doughty" (1931)

Lady Doughty opens a garden fete. h

"Scenes at the Weybridge Hospital Carnival and Fete*" (1931)

Crowds of people line the route of a parade of floats - later they participate in a range of games.

"Scenes at The Sunbury Fete and Flower Show 1932" (1932)

Visitors to The Sunbury Fete and Flower Show enjoy watching and participating in games including a tug-of-war competition and a football match in which women push a giant ball. The film concludes with images of a show jumping display by The Life Guards, The Royal Horse Guards, and H.M. Dragoon Guards.