Title ID 2741Collection ID321
Title[Croydon Aerodrome; Margaret's Wedding]
Date1932; 27 March 1943
CollectionNightingale Family
ThemeFamily life Transport
KeywordsAircraft Airports Celebrations Family Outings Weddings
LocalCroydon Sanderstead
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPercy Nightingale
CameraFlorence Nightingale Payne (?); Percy Nightingale (?)
ParticipantsPeter Gibson; Albert Jones; Betty Jones (née Nightingale); Florence Nightingale Payne; Moses Nightingale; Ruth Nightingale (Snr); Ruth Nightingale; Julia Payne; Sidney Payne; Walter Payne; Dick Walker; Doris Walker; Eileen Walker; Jim Walker; Margaret Walker (née Payne); Sam Walker
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration4 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


In 1932 patriarch Moses Nightingale takes his family to view the biplanes at Croydon Aerodrome. Many of them gather again eleven years later for the wedding of his granddaughter Margaret Payne to Captain Jim Walker of the Royal Norfolk Regiment at All Saints' Church, Sanderstead.


Ruth and Moses Nightingale are joined by members of their family in 1932 on the viewing platform at Croydon Aerodrome. The Aerodrome, which boasted the world's first purpose-designed terminal building, plays host to the passenger, cargo and mail aircraft of Imperial Airways - the Nightingales see various biplanes including 'Helena' and 'City of Liverpool' standing in the hangers, taxiing and taking off.

The key participants in the wedding of Margaret Payne to Captain Jim Walker arrive at All Saints' Church in Sanderstead on 27 March 1943. The groom wears his Royal Norfolk Regiment army uniform whilst, in spite of the constraints of the Second World War, the bride and her bridesmaids are resplendent in traditional white gowns. The entourage leave the church after the service - they are next seen congregating in the garden of Margaret's families home 'Moruth' for the reception. A kiss between the bride and groom is followed by images of them and their extended family posing for group photographs.


A Still from [Croydon Aerodrome; Margaret's Wedding] (1932-1943)