Title ID 6477Collection ID834
Title[Family Scenes: Wimbledon; Model Aeroplane; Farm; Tennis]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionOakshott Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsSport Domestic Gardens Workers Houses Family Animals Food Labour Farming
LocalWimbledon Waldron
RegionalEast Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEugene Oakshott
CameraEugene Oakshott
ParticipantsMaureen; Elizabeth; Hodsons; Nevill; Harry; Phil Mansell Jacques Brugnon; Henri Cochet; George Lott; John Doeg
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration15 min. 23 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at Wimbledon and in the extensive grounds and interiors of Foxhunt Manor, taken by Eugene Oakshott in 1930 [?], some shown in reverse action. The family join workers as they pull down a tree in the garden.


A doubles match at Wimbledon between Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet, and George Lott and John Doeg, opens this compilation.

A young girl follows a gardener at Foxhunt Manor at Foxhunt Green, the Oakshott family residence, as he uses a large Dennis lawn roller on the grass. She plays with her younger sister and mother in the garden by the large greenhouses. The baby's father holds her on his knee. Eugene's sons fly a model wooden aeroplane in the garden.

Family members jump up at the windows of a ruin in the grounds of the house. They appear to leap and to roll up the bank, in footage shown in reverse action. Family members sit at a table inside the house playing tiddlywinks and walk in the grounds.

Maids in uniform are shown in a series of individual portraits, smiling and talking while they are filmed. Elizabeth, the older girl, and her sister, held by her father, also feature in the portrait sequence.

Workers pull a cart in the grounds. They take branches of a tree away. Others work from the tree top, cutting the branches, or from the ground, digging the roots. One tends a bonfire. A group pulls at a rope to bring a tree down. Family members bring out refreshments.

The whole family sit with the large group of workers, wearing white shirts and waistcoats, sitting on the logs and sipping from their cups. They all hurry off at once. The workers leave on a cart, pulled by a heavy horse, and walk past the camera in a long line. Two of Eugene's children feed the chickens in their run from buckets, throwing the feed over the fencing. Flo, Eugene's wife, their granddaughter and two women clean eggs from the chickens and gather up their baskets and buckets.

Eugene's sons pluck feathers from chickens in an outbuilding, as two women sit outside to pluck birds. They hold up the de-feathered birds for the camera. later family members sit at a swing bench reading the newspaper or sewing in the shade of the canopy.

Family members play a game of tennis on the courts below the manor house. The youngest grandchild crawls across the lawn.


A black and white still image taken from \cf2 Wimbledon; Model Aeroplane; Farm; Tennis (ca.1930s) \cf0 showing a close up view of three men in flat caps and day suits from the Foxhunt estate staff working with a wooden horse drawn trailer, to load the logs and cut branches from a large felled tree within the estate grounds.}A black and white still image taken from \cf2 Wimbledon; Model Aeroplane; Farm; Tennis (ca.1930s) \cf0 showing a wide photographic portrait style gathering taken outside the front of Foxhunt Manor, with a large group of family members, children pets and estate staff, sat on straw bails at various heights, looking at the camera as if to have a group photograph taken. }