Title ID 3121Collection ID225
TitleSussex Life
CollectionHaywards Heath Cine Society pt1
KeywordsBuildings Communities Cultural Heritage Fetes Horticulture Houses Local History Railway Stations Rural Areas
LocalArdingly Balcombe Cuckfield Ditchling Fletchling Horsted Keynes Hurstpierpoint Lindfield
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHaywards Heath & District Cine Society
FormatStandard 8mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Duration26 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Under the guise of a couple looking for a house in the Sussex countryside, the film shows the villages of Lindfield, Ditchling, Cuckfield, Fletchling, Horsted Keynes, Hurstpierpoint, Ardingly and Balcombe. The narrator talks about the history of each village .


A man and woman drink tea outside in a garden. On the table in front of them is 'Homefinder Magazine'. The couple drive to an estate agents. In the window, a sign advertises villages in Sussex.

The opening for each village is a black and white photograph. The first village is Lindfield. Over shots of tree-lined streets and cottages, the narrator tells us about Lindfield's smuggling history. A game of cricket is being played on the green while spectators watch from deck chairs.

Ditchling opens with a view from the South Downs. We see Gospels House, East Street, Barbas Bank, the Unitarian Church, Anne of Cleves House and St. Margaret's Church. Inside the Church, there are stain-glass windows and stone carvings. At the fair, there is a marching band.

At Cuckfield, there is Rose and Crown pub, the recreation ground and tennis courts. A game of football is being played while a mother and child play on the swings. We see the Old Court House, the church, the post office and Cuckfield Park.

As we look at the Parish Church in Fletchling, we hear about the history of the village. Children play in the school playground. There is a Church Fund barometer on a wall and a poster for the garden fete. In Sheffield Park Garden, there is a pond with water lilies.

There is a footpath into Horsted Keynes by the Green Man Pub. A family with a dog play by the lake. People paddle, fish or sunbathe. Two boys hold up an eel they have caught. Passengers exit and board the steam engine on the Bluebell Railway.

In Hurstpierpoint, there is a view across the fields. Three horse riders trot down a road. There are views of the college, diggers on a building site and Danny Park.

At Ardingly, we see The Oak pub, the Church of St. Peter's and the college. Cars drives through a stone arch for the South of England Show. There are crowds and balloons in the background. At Stonehurst House, there is an observatory and swans on the lake.

A train goes over the viaduct and into Balcombe station. There is an art gallery and stone statues outside a shop. Two fishermen walk through the village. As the film draws to a close, we see all the villages from the front of a car. The narrator quotes from a poem. A train leaves Balcombe over the viaduct.

The film ends with the couple going inside the estate agents.