Title ID 2394Collection ID229
TitleThe Kent Show (1951)
CollectionHaywards Heath Cine Society / Mr Church
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsAnimals Cultural Events Exhibitions Farming Food Horticulture Leisure Time Activities Rural Areas Trades
LocalMaidstone Mote Park
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionD. J. Church
CameraD. J. Church
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration11 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur colour record of the 1951 Kent County Agricultural Show. The film-maker was a member of Haywards Heath & District Amateur Cine Society and the film was awarded first prize in the colour class of their annual competition.


Kent Agricultural Show Maidstone 1951

Women look at a panel showing the exhibition map at Mote Park Maidstone and then walk around the stands. They enter the 'Sheppey Glue Chemical Works' stand [number 35]. A floral display is on show inside a tent and men and women sit at tables and chat. Men pose at the entrance to the 'Sheppey Glue' stand. A First Prize label is awarded in the Floral Decorated Stand Competition. One of the women meets a man near the Daily Mail stand and chats outside stand 36 – Pattullo Higgs & Co [manufactured farm equipment]. She then walks towards a mock-Tudor pub stand ‘Kent’s Best’.

Next we see handlers parading Guernsey cattle in the judging ring. The woman wanders by the 'Caffyns Ltd' stand with an engine on display and men inspect tractors at the Caffyns’ stand and a large banner reading 'Kent Spraying Contractors Ltd'. A wartime barrage balloon can be seen flying over the exhibition ground. Children and the same woman stop to look at a grain exhibit. Decorated horses are attached to a 'Fremlins of Maidstone' carriage and readied for a carriage display. Other horse and carriages wait with their drivers including a 'Sharps' van.

Activities in the show-jumping enclosure follow including: period stagecoaches with passengers performing circuits, a huntsman on horseback with a pack of beagles, a rider pinning a rosette on a horse’s bridle, handlers leading horses around the enclosure, hunt riders with beagles circling the arena, a Brewer’s cart 'Trumans' with a team of horses followed by a 'Fremlins' cart. The showground is full of spectators. A show jumping display begins with a variety of competitors. The woman we saw earlier walks on past tractors and smaller agricultural equipment and various metal signs advertising 'Hyders Wrought Ironwork'. She stops to look at various examples of ironwork chairs and fencing and a weathervane with a witch on a broomstick design. She buys an ice-cream from the 'Walls Ice Cream' stall. We see a glimpse of the First Prize winning pig in its stall, the goats section and more tractors with tracks on display

The woman stops to chat with a jaunty man in tweed outside the 'Maidstone Tyre Co Ltd' stand [number 56]. Various examples of agricultural equipment are on display. The sign for 'The County Game Farm' can be seen along with pheasants in a pen and chicks near a basket full of eggs. The woman walks with friends towards the 'Kent County Produce Show' where they see: a flower tent with a delphinium display followed by close-up shots of various flowers, punnets of fruit and vegetables on display and prize cups on display. Visitors watch an apple sorting machine in action and gather at the 'National Institute for the Blind' stand with woven baskets on display. A large ironwork sign for 'Kent Council of Social Service – Rural Industries' is on display. A potter at a wheel is seen making an earthenware pot with a decorated rim. Next we see a large stand for 'Seeboard' [South Eastern Electricity Board]. Farmers and visitors wander amongst the tractor exhibits and larger examples of agricultural vehicles and equipment on show. The K.C.A.S [Kent County Agricultural Society] flag is seen fluttering in the wind. End title: The End


A colour still image taken from TID 2394, showing the frontage of the Caffyns LTD stand at the Kent Show. A red and green sign above the stand name reads Agricultural Division. A group of men are gathered at the entrance to the stand.
A colour still image taken from TID 2394, shows a close up image of the red flag with crest for the county of Kent. The lion crest on the flag reads invite beneath the crest. The letters K.C.A.S are below the Kent lion crest for the Kent County Agricultural Show.
A colour still image taken from TID 2394, showing the interior of a livestock arena at the Kent County Agricultural Show, where two farmers dressed in long white coats are presenting two Guernsey cows for judging. A group of spectators are watching the event from the opposite side of the arena.