Title ID 5671Collection ID816
Title[Home Park; West Country Scenes]
Date1967 - 1968
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsCastles Ceremonies Children Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Holidays Parades
LocalAlphington Fareham Folkestone Hever Lyme Regis Oxted Penshurst Seaton
RegionalDevon Dorset Hampshire Kent Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsErnest Dickins (father)
FormatColour Silent
Duration19 min. 43 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows domestic scenes at Ernest and Gladys Dickins' house near Oxted in Surrey. It also features various day trips and holidays, including visits to Devon and Folkestone.


1967 The film begins with a shot of Gladys walking with granddaughter Lynn outside Home Park, Oxted [Ernest and Gladys' house]. We then cut to brief images of a group walking through bluebell woods, and a visit to the house and grounds at Penshurst Place in Kent. We see further domestic scenes at Home Park, including Lynn sitting on the patio, some family friends playing table tennis and a fair ground in Master Park, Oxted, which includes images of rides and a police dog-handling demonstration. There are shots of gardening and DIY, as well as a visit to Folkestone. These include street scenes as well as shots of the inner and outer harbour, fisherman's cottages and a view of the town from the pier. An intertitle featuring two postcards marked 'Folkestone' appear at the end of these scenes.

The film cuts to images from the wedding of a family friend, including shots of guests arriving at the church, choir boys in the churchyard, the bride arriving with her father, and posing for pictures after the ceremony. Guests are then seen on the lawn of a large house, before the bride and groom get into the wedding car and drive away. Some images from trips to Seaton in Devon and Lyme Regis in Dorset follow. At this point another intertitle appears reading 'The Marriage of Jill with Terry: Saturday 7th October, 1967 - St Michael and All Angels, Alphington' which relates to the wedding seen previously. There are further domestic scenes in and around Home Park, including the garden through different seasons.

1968 This film begins with some short scenes from a holiday in Devon that Ernest and Gladys took with family friends, including the group picnicking by the side of the road. There are then shots of a carnival at Fareham in Hampshire, which include a marching band, fancy dress and floats, and further images of friends in the garden at Home Park. The final images on the film are of Hever Castle near Edenbridge in Kent, before the floods that took place later in 1968.