Title ID 4901Collection ID650
Title[Shooting Duck at Mill Pond; The Park Coverts Broomwicks Pheasants and Rabbits]
Date[ca. 1920]
CollectionTurner Collections (Lucas family films)
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life
KeywordsHunting Animals Sport Social Class Clothing
LocalWarnham Horsham
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionLucas Family
ParticipantsC. J. Lucas; C.E. Lucas
Format35mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film features hunting activities at a grand country estate including shooting duck at the Mill Pond and a pheasant and rabbit shoot taking place in various locations around the estate.


The film opens with the title 'Shooting Duck at the Mill Pond'. Two men with shotguns are shown shooting ducks from a hide near the Mill Pond: one man reloads whilst the other fires. A dog is shown retrieving the ducks from the pond.

An intertitle states: 'The Park Coverts and Broomwicks Pheasants and Rabbits'. Several men and one woman are filmed leaving the house carrying shotguns and dressed for shooting. Some of the men are wearing 'plus-two' shooting trousers. Scenes of the shoot follow, along with a scene of a group assembled for pheasant beating. The group includes a number of children and adults dressed in traditional white smocks. Various scenes of a large party involved in a pheasant and rabbit shoot are filmed showing the dogs retrieving the dead animals. A man in a flat cap works with his dog to retrieve game from a wooded area. A group scene is staged showing members of the shooting party and pheasant beaters standing with a cart and the large estate and manor house in the background. Further scenes of pheasant and rabbit shoot follow, including the large number of rabbits and pheasants being lined-up, counted, carried on sticks and placed on a cart.


[Shooting Duck at Mill Pond; The Park Coverts Broomwicks Pheasants and Rabbits] (ca.1920)[Shooting Duck at Mill Pond; The Park Coverts Broomwicks Pheasants and Rabbits] (ca.1920)