Title ID 2745Collection ID517
CollectionCecil Cramp
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBuildings Castles Children Family Mothers Religious Buildings Rural Areas Villages
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn R. Wickens
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration4min. 56sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short amateur film is shot entirely in the village of Bramber, West Sussex. The film includes shots of a number of notable buildings, including St. Mary's House, the Castle Hotel, St. Nicholas's Parish Church and Bramber Castle; a mother and her two children are seen exploring the village, the castle and its surroundings.


Opening titles: "JRW Presents. Pathe Film. 9.5m.m.", "Bramber" & "This picturesque Sussex village, with its ruined Castle, lies on the bank of the river Adur beneath the western belt of the South Downs....". The film opens with a shot of The Street, Bramber, the castle can be seen in the background. Shots of St. Mary's House and sign: "St. Mary's Bramber Historic House"; the Castle Hotel; museum, where a mother and two children are seen entering and leaving and further shots of The Street. Shots of St. Nicholas's Parish Church, the mother and two children enter through the lychgate; sign: "Entrance West Door", shot of open door, windows and graveyard. The two children are filmed getting up from a bench, before heading towards Bramber Castle with their mother. Shot of the gate towers of the castle, followed by shots of the castle remains; sign: "The National Trust Bramber Castle". Shots of the walls and the mother and children as they explore the site; a steam train passes by the shot. The mother scrapes dirt of one of the children's shoes. The film ends with shots of the castle through trees. End title: "Finis. 9.5m.m. Produced By John R. Wickens 1959".