Title ID 390Collection ID294
Title[Tour of River Valleys]
CollectionKenneth Woolsey
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Cars Holidays Outings Houses Domestic Gardens Children Landscape Rivers
LocalHenley Broadway Wales Shirley Cooksbridge [?] Byworth [?]
RegionalGreater London Gloucestershire Surrey West Sussex
NationalEngland Wales United Kingdom
ProductionKenneth Sidney Woolsey
CameraKenneth Sidney Woolsey
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration14 min. 3 sec.
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Constance and Kenneth Woolsey on trips to see friends and relatives in Wales, Henley, Sussex and an agricultural show, where the Queen and Prince Philip are in attendance.


Turkeys are seen in a wide enclosure. Boats sail on the River Thames at Henley. An aeroplane flies overhead. Rowers pass by, seen from above in footage shot from a bridge. Bridges are shown in successive shots, each arching over the water in brick or wood.

Large houses, in mock tudor styles, and church buildings are seen. Views of the Welsh countryside, looking down on the town from a hill above, follow. Constance, the film-maker's wife, walks with another couple. The ruins of an abby are seen in a series of interior and exterior views. A man leaves a thatched cottage and walks up the steps towards the camera. A railway line passes along a river, lined with trees. The group's car is seen, parked on the road, which cuts into the hill, to take in the view. Lake and mountain views follow, as the car ascends higher into the landscape. A dramatic waterfall is shown in panning footage taken from its base.

Pigs, geese and ducks crowd around the car at a farm in Sussex in either Cooksbridge near Lewes or Byworth near Petworth, where the couple had many friends. The house is seen, where a large group of men, women and children pose for the camera in the sunny garden. A baby is seen, lying in her pram, held by an elderly relative, and lying on her front on a blanket on the lawn. The women leave the back door and enter the garden. Views of the house follow, taken from the garden at several vantage points. The garden is seen from a first or second storey window at the house.

The Queen and Prince Phillip visit an agricultrual show in her Coronation Year. They are seen inspecting large pigs and walking past crowds of people before shaking hands with a participant and climbing into their car.