Title ID 368Collection ID221
TitleSummer Holiday at Seaford in 1958
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsBeaches Children Coasters (ships) Harbours Railway Steamers Ships Swimming
LocalLewes Newhaven Seaford
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn Houghton
CameraJohn Houghton
FormatColour Silent
Duration11 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A family trip to Seaford. They play on the beach and take a trip to the Seven Sisters cliffs.


The family packs the cars with luggage. The children and a woman holding a baby wait nearby. Title: “Sevenoaks, Edenbridge, Hartfield...”. Cows walk on the road. Title: “Uckfield, Lewes, Newhaven, Seaford.” A sign post reads 'Seaford' as they drive into the village.

There is a panoramic view of the coastline and the esplanade. Two young boys look out to sea from the sea wall. Boys swim in the sea while three women sit in the waves. Title: "Tisa's Marathon Swim". A woman in a bikini and swimming cap swims in the sea.

Children sit on the sea wall and get changed on the beach. A boy and girl bury themselves in pebbles. Two babies play together. Title: “Hope Gap and the Seven Sisters”. Panoramic views of the cliffs. Title: “Newhaven harbour”. French cargo steamer "Brest", which carried passengers' cars on the Newhaven - Dieppe crossing in the years immediately preceding the introduction of a car ferry service in 1964, sails into Newhaven harbour. The children eat candy floss. Title: “In Lewes castle”. The children sit with their feet in wooden stocks.