Title ID 7030Collection ID873
TitleHomes I have Known
Date[1958-1968]; 1993
CollectionMaurice Puttock
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeCine Club Film-making Family life Travel
KeywordsHouses Travel Children Family Fathers Railways Domestic Gardens Religious Buildings
LocalHaywards Heath East Croydon Addiscombe New Malden Hornchurch London Sutton Burgess Hill Lusaka
RegionalWest Sussex Greater London Surrey Essex
NationalEngland United Kingdom Zambia Africa
ProductionMaurice Puttock
CameraMaurice Puttock
NarratorMaurice Puttock
MusicLibrary music
CastClive Puttock; Pat Puttock; Clifford Puttock; Maurice Puttock
FormatColour Sound
Duration17 min. 37 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Vintage Films present... "Homes I have Known". An autobiographic look at Maurice Puttock's family life and homes that he lived in as a boy in East Sussex, Surrey and Essex, with his family in the South East of England. References are also made to his time spent in central Africa in Lusaka. formally Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) drawing upon family photographs and cine film of the period.


Gander Green, a cul-de-sac on the border of Haywards Heath is seen from above. Puttock explains that he bought the house, number 10, in 1968, when the area was less developed following their return from Central Africa. The house is seen from the garden. Sunte House, once part of a 17th century estate lies to the West, and the Green to the East. The garden is shown, 'made more interesting by adding a fish pond back in 1976.' The film-maker explains that he lived longer in this house than any other. The couple walk through the garden.

Mr. Puttock was born on the 2nd August 1924 at a nursing home,"... 26 Lansdowne Road, near East Croydon Station". The road is shown, having seen much change. Office blocks have replaced the buildings there at the time of his birth. A sign for Woodside Court Road illustrates where his parents lived in Addiscombe, Croydon (Woodside Court) in 1924. The house front looks different after 70 years of redecoration. Puttock explains that horse drawn milk floats and coal carts would have been the only regular traffic along the suburban road. Several family photographs from this period illustrate their time here.

The families second home was on Myrtle Grove in New Malden, Surrey. Puttock recalls being knocked down by a cyclist on his way home from school one day.

From New Malden the family moved to No. 1 Warrington Gardens in Hornchurch, Essex. A quiet residential road. The film-maker, his sister and new baby brother are seen, photographed while living at the address. Puttock recalls watching the R101 (air ship) fly over the garden before its tragic crash. The green at the end of the road was once farmland and a pond, and a major road.

The family moved to Priory Avenue in 1932. Tidy front gardens were the order of the day in the 1930s. Puttock recalls his neighbours, and driving around the countryside in their car being a real treat.

The narrative shows No. 32 Riseborough Drive in Worcester Park, Surrey, (now part of the London Borough of Sutton) was the last house he lived in as a boy, before setting up his own home. Further family photographs, taken in the late 1930s, illustrates how little seems to have changed since those pre-war days; only Puttock's mother's conservatory has become a brick structure. Both siblings joined the armed forces during the war, Puttock's Sister with the WAAF's and Puttock with the Royal Engineers, later the 8th Punjabi in India. Further family photographs show Puttock's father and brother in choir uniforms along with the church (St Mary's, Cuddington) where his father had sung as a choir boy before the First World War. Puttock's father was buried at the same church in 1976, and where his sister was married after the war. Puttock's sister is shown in photographs of the family and her children in their garden. Puttock's brother is shown in his RAF uniform, and Puttock's own wedding photographs outside St Mary's, Cuddington.

The film-maker's children are seen in photographs outside their first home in the UK, before leaving for Central Africa in 1958. Aerial pictures show a suburb of Lusaka in Zambia (taken during their time there in the 1950s) with shots of the Woodland district in Lusaka. The family are seen in photographs and film, playing with a model railway and the boys playing cricket in the garden. The family lived in three houses in the region. The family are then seen, standing together outside their house before their move back to the UK in 1968. An animated stop-frame sequence illustrates the construction of the family's model railway behind the house with shots of a train travelling around the track.

And so to our present home... 'what price the next quarter of a century?' End.


Homes I have Known ([1958-1968]; 1993)