Title ID 732Collection ID156
Title[Children; Seasons; Seaside Holiday]
Date1937 - 1939
CollectionRudd Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life Seaside
KeywordsChildren Domestic Gardens Family Fetes Social Class Winter Seasons Summer Play
LocalBramley Godalming [?]
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr. and Mrs. Rudd
CameraMr. and Mrs. Rudd
FormatColour Silent
Duration12 min. 25 sec.
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Rudd family scenes in their garden at Bramley, Surrey, on a picnic in Summer, sledging in Winter, and attending a highlander parade, filmed by Mr. and Mrs. Rudd in the 1930s. The staff are also pictured in the garden, greatly outnumbering the four family members.


The Rudd family are seen in the garden. Christopher, the youngest, empties grass from a lawn mower on the lawn. He is seen with his sister Susan playing at the beach with a bucket and spade by the water. The children are pushed in a wheel barrow by a maid in the family garden. The wave as they pass along the well-kept flower beds. Four children play on the lawn with a doll's house and bounce mats. Christopher works on a patch of the garden, carrying plant pots and water cans, and using a towel and a hoe, with one of the staff. He sweeps the path before he is joined by Susan in steering round the garden on bicycles. Snow scenes follow, in which Mr. Rudd pulls the children in a sledge, the dog running behind. Mrs. Rudd and Christopher are seen together in a sledge, ploughing through the snow. Summer scenes follow.

The family are seen on a picnic by the motorcar. While packing up, Christopher pretends to steer the car, sitting up front at the wheel. The children cling on to the roof of the car as their father drives around the field. They are seen perched atop a motorcycle, their father driving. Mr. Rudd and his two children each hold chickens by their wings and feet as they bring them through the garden. They are seen climbing trees to pick fruit and weighing their haul. The gardener stands by his crop of potatoes in the garden. Winter scenes follow.

Susan and Christopher, now older, sledge head-first down an icy road. Susan holds a baby in the garden. She sits on the swing bench with her and another girl. Games on the lawn, peppered with daisies, follow. Susan is seen in a fancy white dress and Christopher wears full Scottish attire. He attempts a highland jig in his kilt. Mr. Rudd is seen, taking photographs of the children. He is seen with Christopher among the tulips. Views of the garden in full bloom follow. A public fete is underway. A historic boat moves in behind a large parade of highlanders. Spectators in the stand are seen below. Susan, dressed as a medieval princess is seen in the garden, in front of a flower bed. The family's staff enter the garden from the house one by one. Seven gather in total, maids, nannies, a cook and gardener. Children play in the pond, splashing their feet and Mrs. Rudd is pictured among the hollyhocks.