Title ID 7131Collection ID766
Title[Bridge Farm; Family Scenes; Swimming Pool]
Date[ca. 1962]
CollectionJohn Wood Collection
Genre/TypeAmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life Working Life
KeywordsAnimals Children Cars Domestic Gardens Family Farming Games Houses Mothers Motor Vehicles Swimming
LocalWest Lydford
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 film shows scenes of people working the land on Bridge Farm and the family in the garden, playing games and riding a pony. The family are then filmed swimming and playing together in an outdoor swimming pool.


This film opens with scenes of farm workers working the land at Bridge farm using a tractor and tailor to harvest a crop. In the next scene the family gather in a garden to have tea with the children. Back on the farm, shots follow of several farm workers shovelling cut grass in a barn and and a man tending to calves in a field. A trailer load of freshly cut grass is off-loaded into the farmyard as a man uses a tractor to move the crop into the barn. In a garden a family play together and sunbathe on deck chairs. The film cuts to an interior shot of a group of children sat at a table eating from Cornishware striped bowls and plates, followed by a family outing to the farm where they pet the baby calves.

In the countryside, brief shots of a fox hunt follow with mounted riders and a large pack of hounds at their heels. Returning to the farm, a man reverses a tractor (David Brown 950) into a shed to pick the shed up and move it to a new location. A brief interior shot follows of a man playing with a Skalextric set in a conservatory, mounted on a table top. The shot returns to views of the cows on the farm and the garden.

In the next section a man and a woman play a game of croquet in the garden, later joined by a second woman and a young boy. Stella sits in the shade holding a young baby (very bright shots) and a young boy pretends to ride a tractor. Portrait shots of a family group follow, as they sit in the front room of a house. In a wooded garden a young boy rides a white Welsh pony, followed by shots of a family group playing in a large outdoor swimming pool. The film closes with views of the family jumping off a diving board into the swimming pool.