Title ID 5858Collection ID828
TitleSimon Growing Up
Date[ca. 1977]
CollectionWilf Green
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Leisure Seaside
KeywordsAnimals Armed Forces Beaches Buildings Cars Castles Children Domestic Gardens Fairgrounds Houses Leisure Time Activities Memorials Outings Parades Railways Rural Areas Scouting Shops Tourism
LocalCranbrook Maidstone Rye Dymchurch Dungeness
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWilfred Green
CameraWilfred Green
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This family film shows domestic scenes and outings to several historic sites in Kent. Visits include Bedgebury National Pinetum - Cranbrook; Dymchurch beach with Martello Tower and fairground; a Scouting and Military parade through Maidstone town centre; visit to Rye - Mermaid Inn, Rye Castle, Rye Parish Church, The Quarterboys clock on Rye Church; Dungeness Old Lighthouse and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.


The first section opens with domestic scenes, showing the family in a garden and views of the interior of a greenhouse. The next section shows a series of outings beginning with a visit to Bedgebury National Pinetum - Cranbrook. The family are seen playing football, having a picnic and swimming on Dymchurch beach (with Martello Tower in Background). There are views of the Seaside funfair and amusements that include The Gallopers carousel ride. The film returns to views of Maidstone, with a troop of Wolf Cubs and a military band parading along Maidstone High Street - the Alexander Randall monument is visible as they pass by. On a road trip, the family pass the Artichoke Inn, Maidstone (Ashford Road - no longer there). A boy in Cub Scout uniform is seen feeding a donkey, and there are a series of domestic scenes with family members playing games in a garden; filmed from a first floor window.

The next part shows the exterior of a rural Oast House, a group of boys playing in a residential street and portrait shots of them eating sweets, followed by a family visit to Rye. The group stop to look at the Mermaid Inn, Rye Castle, Rye Church, The 'Quarter Boys' or Rye Church clock. The final section of the film shows the family on the beach next to Dungeness Old Lighthouse, followed by a picnic in the countryside, a visit to a Tudor house (?) (National Trust) closing with a visit to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway.