Title ID 4456Collection ID544
Title[Social Events: Christening, The Grange Garden Party]
DateApril + 1 July 1933
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCelebrations Domestic Gardens Rivers Workers Clothing Dresses Children
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNot known
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration9 min. 57 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Christening, garden party and boat race scenes, filmed in 1933, by an unknown photographer based in Berkshire.


The film begins with the christening of 'young Margaret Rait' in April 1933. Maids hang out washing, while the baby, mother and her husband, walk with another child in hand from the church. Other family members emerge from the building behind them. A young boy, wearing a white wide-brimmed hat and white clothing, plays in the family garden. He steers a toy car around the lawn. Family members line up in the garden for a portrait, smiling to the camera.

Scenes filmed at a garden party at The Grange in Cookham, held on July 1st 1933, follow. A Lyons van is seen. The camera pans across the tables, full of silverware and plates. Tables and chairs are laid out under a canopy in the garden. Maids are seen, walking across the lawn to the marquee. Male waiters follow. Guests start to arrive and walk out to the lawn, greeting their hosts. The women wear elaborate long dresses with lace and frill detailing. They stand together, talking animatedly. Some sit at the tables laid out. A band plays at the band stand. A fortune teller performs a palm reading on a guest. A little girl plays on a track in the garden. A woman in a black and white full length check dress with full sleeves walks with guests. A woman knocks into her husband with her parasol as they walk across the lawn. Others sit at the tables and serve themselves food from bowls provided. Two young girls play on a see-saw.

Boat race scenes close the film. Crowds have gathered along the river. Men wearing boaters meet under marquees and awnings.