Title ID 6025Collection ID879
TitleSt James's Park
CollectionRichard Armstrong
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionTravel
ThemeFamily Life Urban Life
KeywordsAircraft Animals Armed Forces Buildings Children Cultural Heritage Everyday Life Lakes Parks Royalty Urban Areas Uniforms
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Armstrong
CameraRichard Armstrong
NarratorRichard Armstrong
FormatColour Sound
Duration6 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film with narrated voice-over narrative and and music soundtrack, features a brief history of St James's Park, London and the proximity to Buckingham Palace, Horse Guard's Parade and Whitehall. A flypast of military aircraft and Concorde are captured on film, as they pass overhead. The film has animated opening and closing titles.


This colour film with narrated voice-over narrative and music soundtrack, features a brief history of St James's Park, London and nearby Buckingham Place, Horse Guard's Parade and Whitehall. Views of the park in the Summer show people having a picnic, as several school groups and tourists wander through the park. A military formation of aircraft fly overhead, closely followed by a Concorde aircraft (slightly damaged film), following the line of the Mall adjacent to the park for Queen Elizabeth II's birthday flypast (?).

The narrative continues with a tour of the park, where a Scottish military brass band plays for the watching public and a young girl is waving Union flags. Scenes of the lake follow with ducks and pelicans on the water and tourists feeding the pigeons. The film then shows Buckingham Palace at the Western end of the park, with the Queen Victoria Memorial on Constitution Hill. The Changing of the Guard ceremony is shown taking place in front on Buckingham Palace, with crowds gathered to watch. Shots of Horse Guards Parade and Whitehall at the East end of the park follow, where members of the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals Regiment) stand guard.

The film returns to the park where a girl is shown feeding a flock of sparrows. The film ends on an illustrated slate: The End'


A still from 'St James's Park' (1969)