Title ID 3453Collection ID39
Title[History of Apple Porch]
Date[ca. 1946 - 1947]
CollectionSadler Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAircraft Animals Domestic Gardens Farming Gardening Houses Rural Areas Seasons Villages
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFred Sadler
CameraDavid Sadler; Fred Sadler
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration16 min. 13 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film featuring the Sadler family home near Chichester. The film was made by David Sadler using his father's camera. There are scenes of the house ('Apple Porch') throughout the seasons, as well as some colour footage of an air display filmed in Holland.


The film begins with an exterior shot a house, and a slow pan of a village street. A man is seen working on the wall of the house. We then see the wooden gate of the Sadler house, with the name 'Apple Porch' carved into it. The camera pans up a pathway to the doorway of the house. A man wearing a cap, waistcoat and apron stands with a woman by a pile of logs. He lights a pipe and has a drink poured from a glass bottle.

There are several panning shots of the land surrounding Apple Porch, and we see other figures. Another man with a pipe and hat waves to the camera; a man and a woman are in the orchard, the woman picking spring flowers; a woman shakes a sheet out of an upstairs window. There are shots of the garden, and views filmed from the upstairs of the house out over the garden to the sea.

There are several shots of flood waters; a low shot above the water and more scenes viewed from the upstairs window of the house. Close up shots reveal that the water has iced over. There follow scenes of the house and village after snowfall, including another shot of the 'Apple Porch' wooden gate. A bus is seen driving along the road which has been cleared of show, and there is an external shot of The Jolly Fisherman' [public house?].

Two men walk across the land at the rear of the house. One of the men carries a ladder and they use this to climb a stone wall. There are also shots of derelict sheds, views of the landscape, and the exterior of the 'Dell Quay Sailing Club' building.

The next section of the film is in colour and features an aeroplane display in Holland. There are also shots of the garden at Apple Porch in full bloom, including close-up shots of several flowers.

Returning to black and white, we see a man sitting on a wall, smoking a cigarette and holding a gun. He points this at the camera playfully. There are a gaggle of white geese, and several shots of a knome that has been placed in the garden holding a cigarette. A man is seen working in the garden raking the ground. Another brief shot shows a man outside with an umbrella.

There are several shots of three men working in a field, cutting hay using horse-drawn equipment. A man sits in the garden in a blown up dingy. There is a close up of a lawn mower branded 'Dennis, Guilford'. We then see a man using the mower and pushing it towards the camera.