Title ID 7045Collection ID981
Title[Narrow Gauge Railway; Christening; Eastbourne Beach; Children]
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionFrank Creasy
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeSeaside Family life
KeywordsBeaches Children Family Holidays Play Food Piers Seaside Resorts Religious Activities Bridges Rivers
LocalWadhurst Eastbourne Bexleyheath [?]
RegionalEast Sussex Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrank Creasy
CameraFrank Creasy
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration11 min. 53 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Footage taken by Frank Creasy, of family members, including two young children, at Eastbourne Beach, christening, holiday and at home, during the 1950s.


A group waits at a platform for a narrow gauge railway train to arrive. Holiday scenes abroad follow. A woman is seen walking on the beach and packing up a car. 1:02:28:02 Young women play tennis on a court. Older men and women watch the matches from the side. Others watch a cricket match from the pavilion. An older couple walk in a garden. Further tennis scenes follow. Four young female players pose together for the camera. 1:03:58:23 Christening scenes follow. A woman holds her newly christened baby in her arms at the entrance to the church. Family members, including young children, are seen in a garden, doing cartwheels and handstands. The baby is washed in the sink, and dressed in a white crochet cardigan. Her father holds her in his lap on the sofa. Other young children sit together with a dog and older family members. A young boy sits at the piano, grinning toothily at the camera. 1:08:19:10 Panning footage of Eastbourne beach, seafront buildings and pier follows. Family members sit on the beach with a picnic and take a walk on the promenade, and eat blocks of ice cream sandwiched by wafers. A battleship out to sea is silhouetted against a pale sky. The boat is seen from another, moving through the water. 1:09:52:10 Scenes of an urban areas after a river has broken its banks follows. A couple walk over a bridge, arching over the high water. A bus for Bexleyheath passes. A woman holds a baby, wrapped up tightly.