Title ID 3400Collection ID356
TitleOur Village 1969-70
Date1969 - 1970
CollectionCyril Pearman
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeWorking Life Rural Life
KeywordsAnimals Communities Everyday Life Farming Fetes Fire Services Hunting Religious Buildings Rural Areas Schools Social Class Trades Villages
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCyril Pearman
CameraCyril Pearman
ParticipantsParticipants in this film can be identified from notes held on file at Screen Archive South East.
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration46 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A portrait of the village of Singleton in West Sussex, made by local amateur film-maker Cyril Pearman. The film has a music soundtrack.


A sweeping view shows the village of Singleton nestling in the Sussex Downs. The film introduces many aspects of village life. Events such as the Cowdray Hunt gathering outside the village pub, pheasant shooting at Knight’s Hill, the Singleton Church Fete at the Old Rectory, a cricket match, a Women’s Institute meeting and the fire brigade putting out a barn fire are featured along with everyday activities and people going about their business: the postman emptying a letter box, a man feeding geese, another mowing the grass and a man repairing a flint wall. There are several shots showing the architecture in the village including cottages with thatched rooves.

The village’s Saxon Church with its stained-glass window and Celtic cross war memorial is shown both inside and out.

Some of the local trades and businesses are featured. Sheep and dairy farming and haymaking represent the agricultural industry, while in the village the grocer’s, butcher’s, Post Office, a carpenter’s workshop and hairdresser’s are shown, as well as the interior of the Fox and Hounds pub. Mr Pearman’s garage is shown; the film-maker is seen carrying out repair work on a lawnmower. The film ends with a sunset view.


A Still from Our Village 1969-70A Still from Our Village 1969-70

Contextual information

Cyril Pearman was a member of the Chichester Cine Club. This film is a good example of a sort of film often produced by cine club members: looking at a subject close to home over an extended period of time then editing together (an often lengthy!) compilation. Often, as in A River Runs Through Our Town (1962) or Bognor Regis Review (1929; 1930s), the compilations were collaborations between a number of the club’s members.

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Related resources


Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

“Agriculture and domestic life are interpreted through exhibitions and displays". The Museum has a reference library "relating to vernacular architecture, building conservation and rural crafts and skills”


Flint Walls in Singleton

This website describes the art of building flint wall, as seen in Our Village 1969-70 (1969 - 1970).

Singleton Village Trust

The website for Singleton Village Trust and the Church, as featured in Our Village 1969-70 (1969 - 1970).