Title ID 2746Collection ID517
TitleBeaulieu Abbey
CollectionCecil Cramp
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsBuildings Family Mothers Religious Buildings Rural Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn R. Wickens
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration3min. 45sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short amateur film is shot entirely in the grounds of Beaulieu Abbey, Hampshire. The film includes shots of the abbey and the abbey church of St. Mary; a mother and her daughter are seen exploring the grounds of the abbey and church.


Opening titles: "JRW Presents 1960" & "Beaulieu Abbey"; close-up of sign: "Abbey of the Kings. Beaulieu Ecclesia Sanctae Mariae De Bello Loco Regis Founded BY King John A.D. 1204." The film opens with a shot of a mother and child walking through an entranceway and a courtyard. Shots of arches, ruined walls and graves. Shots of a gatehouse and a woman walking in the abbey grounds; she approaches a wooden cross and reads a sign at its base: "This Cross Marks The Site Of The High Altar Of The Abbey Of The King's Beaulieu (A.D. 1204-1538)". Shots of the child waking through a doorway and looking down into an empty tomb set into the ground. Shots of the abbey grounds and ruins; the mother and child explore, followed by shots of Beaulieu Abbey Church; a donkey in the graveyard attracts the attention of children nearby. The mother and child stroke the donkey; shots of the church and its grounds. Closing title: "The End 9.5 Produced By John R. Wickens".