Title ID 7130Collection ID766
Title[Family Scenes; Bridge Farm; Seaside Towns]
Date[ca. 1961]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life Working Life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Building Construction Cars Children Domestic Gardens Family Farming Games Holidays Houses Piers Railways Religious Buildings Roads Trains Transport Urban Areas Villages
LocalWest Lydford Frinton-on-Sea Walton-on-the-Naze Angermering-on-Sea St Annes-On-Sea (?)
RegionalSomerset Essex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionContact Screen Archive South East for details
CameraContact Screen Archive South East for details
FormatColour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film shows the family at Bridge Farm in Somerset and on holiday in Essex visiting the coastline at Frinton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. Later in the film the family visit Angmering-on-Sea in West Sussex, returning home early due to the wet weather.


The film opens with views of an extended family socialising together in a garden playing games with mixed portrait shots of several women with children. The film then shows a fox hunt gathering in the car park of a pub, as a policeman directs traffic around them. The group then ride off through a rural village, accompanied by a large pack of hunting dogs. Various views of a small village follow, with livestock in fields and a panorama of a parish church (St. Peter's ?) followed by views of several farm buildings and cattle shed with calves in the yard.

Back in a garden the family play together with the family dog and a tricycle. On the farm, two men stack hay or straw bails onto the back of a trailer and use a mechanised hay bailer. Several children play and climb on hay bails in a field. The sequence then shows a muddy field with a tractor (David Brown 950 series) working the field with a tiller attachment. Sheep and lambs graze in an orchard and the family sit in deck chairs in the garden. The scene closes with shots of the family on a hay trailer on a country lane and views of the family outside the farmhouse with cows being herded round a neighbouring field next to St Peter's church.

The next sequence shows building work on the farm. Industrial diggers remove slabs of concrete from the farm yard, with shots of two men posing for the camera next to a tractor.

A mid winter shot follows of St Peter's Church covered in snow, next to the River Brue; followed by shots of the churchyard and landscape. On the farm, a small calf sits in straw surrounded by clouds of steam and several workers with diggers clear the yard to erect the steel structure for a new farm building.

The next scene shows a signpost pointing to Frinton B1033, followed by sea views from the Esplanade of Frinton-on-Sea. The family explore the coastline and beach, capturing views of the family playing on the sand in front of a row of beach huts and on rides at a funfair. On Walton Pier at Walton-on-the-Naze, the children ride a train along the pier and stand posing for the camera. The family return to the beach at Frinton, playing together on the sand in front of the beach huts. Several members of the family sit in deck chairs an watch the group play. A brief view of a train leaving a station platform at St Annes-on-the-Sea station is followed by shots of the family playing in a domestic garden at Frinton. The film sequence ends with a car leaving the house at Frinton.

An intertitle: 'A Week Later' written on a chalk board is followed by views of the car, parked on a tree-lined street next to a road sign 'Angmering-on-Sea', accompanied by shots of the family sitting outside a beach hut. The children swim in the sea and play with a bucket and spade on the beach (some shots are out of focus). The closing intertitle written on a glass patio door reads: 'Rain, rain and more rain, so we cut our losses and came home again'. The final shot shows wide views of a detached house set in a large garden.