Title ID 5419Collection ID766
Title[Family at Middleton; Holiday; Wedding; Austin Reed Store on Regent Street]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Commemoration Urban Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Beaches Celebrations Children Domestic Gardens Family Motor Vehicles Shops Roads Transport Urban Areas Weddings
LocalMiddleton London Gerrard's Cross
RegionalNorfolk Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionReed Family
CameraReed Family
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited compilation of black and white and colour films, captures the family in the late 1930s. The family play together in a garden, visit Middleton race course, go on a seaside holiday and attend a post-wedding gathering. The film ends with scenes (magenta cast/damage) from a Royal parade outside the Austin Reed store on Regent Street.


This black and white film opens with mixed views of a horse race on and track at Middleton, Shropshire (?), with spectators and several family members watch the event. The film cuts to a large garden with several young children playing with a ride-on horse toy and with bicycles; followed by shots of the family on a beach and swimming in the sea. The film ends with a short scene of two toddler boys playing in a rowboat on dry land, pretending to bail the boat out.

The family go holiday to a seaside (magenta cast) where the children play on a beach, paddle in the sea and dance short routines in front of friends and family.

The Reed family play together as a family with a flock of ducks and a litter of spaniel puppies, followed by mixed exterior shots of the house.

A longer sequence of black and white and colour shots follows a procession of bridesmaids and the bride and groom, down a path into a churchyard garden, whilst a group of guests gather in a courtyard in front of a house.

The final sequence of black and white and colour footage shows Regent Street, London with heavy car traffic on the road, followed by high angled shots from the roof of Austin Reed's store on Regent Street looking down onto street level. In colour (magenta cast), the road has been closed off, traffic gone and crowds of people have lined the streets in anticipation for a Royal street procession (Jubilee or Coronation event?) with their cardboard periscopes. Several military groups then parade past with their marching bands (Household cavalry plus others) down Regent Street, pausing to gather together and then continue on their route out of vision.