Title ID 3249Collection ID471
TitleThe Seaside at Littlehampton
CollectionWest Sussex Home Guard
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
KeywordsBeaches Cars Children Family Piers Swimming Beachwear
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration12 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This amateur home movie shows the family on holiday at the beach playing in the dunes and digging in the sand. They also go paddling and canoeing in the sea. The family group visit a pebble beach and take a boat ride.


The first scenes show a mother and boy. A woman is then shown with a toddler (girl) on the beach. A child digs a hole in the sand. Family members are seen on the sand dunes and at the beach. then canoeing, swimming and paddling. A man gets out of a car (CEL 670) and walks towards the camera, with a young girl in a hat. Two young boys do the same. At a pebble beach, a group of women sit in deck chairs. A man and woman and young girl paddle together in the sea.Two women and a man walk along a lawn towards a house.

The family are seen looking at the engine of their car (VE 6626). The extended family group are seen on the pebble beach again in deck chairs. A man and children ride horses around a garden. There are shots of the seaside promenade, a man running towards a car with one of the young boys, and various shots of family members in a garden. Filmed from a boat, people are seen fishing from the Littlehampton west pier. Further views from the boat show the seafront at Littlehampton, ending with a brief shot of the sign on the jetty platform: ‘Speed 6 Knots’.


A still from 'The Seaside at Littlehampton' (1937)