Title ID 7488Collection ID141
Title[‘Tudor House’ Garden; Holiday in June; Winter Scenes]
Date1936 - 1937
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAutumn Domestic Gardens Family Mothers Seasons Summer Winter
LocalWest Wickham
RegionalGreater London Kent
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEmile Lauste
CameraEmile Lauste; Alva Lauste
ParticipantsMarguerite; Albert; Emile Lauste; Bessie Lauste; AlvaLauste ; Zuki the Dog; Mrs White; Mr White
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration11min. 31sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This silent film by Emile Lauste features a number of family and friends at Tudor House, West Wickham. Much of the film includes scenes of Bessie with Alva, her son, in the garden. The family are also seen relaxing with a number of family friends.


“Marguerite and Albert on their holiday June 19th 1937 West Wickham Kent”

The film opens with shots of Marguerite and Albert standing in the front garden at West Wickham, they are greeted by Emile Lauste. Bessie Lauste, Marguerite and Albert are briefly seen looking at the roses.

“Summer we are thankful to nature for providing such glorious colours”

Bessie is seen admiring the flowers in the garden, she is accompanied by their pet dog Zuki. Later, she is joined by her son Alva; they walk around the garden and pick a rose which she places in Alva's suit. Bessie, now wearing a different dress, sits with Alva and Zuki on a garden bench; Alva plays the guitar.

“Examples of flowers grown at Tudor House 1936”

Brief close-up shots of flowers in the garden.

“Autumn when leaves turn brown, my but the wind blows”

Bessie Lauste stands in the garden on a windy day wearing an evening dress; Alva presents her with some flowers. Emile is seen in a brief shot with a basket full of garden clippings. Alva, Bessie and Emile are seen walking with the dog in the countryside.

“Winter 1936-7 Mrs White, 'Alya' and Mr White join in the seasonal fun with Mrs Lauste"

The scene opens with snow falling in the garden. There is a shot of the garden from inside the house filmed through a closed window. Bessie is seen playing with Zuki in the garden and is joined by a Mrs White who shares a hot drink from a flask. Alva joins them and they start to throw snowballs at each other; Alva and Mrs White and Besie help Mrs White do a standing somersault over their arms. Emile joins them as they stand talking. The film ends with the two families walking in the countryside with Zuki; they are seen throwing more snowballs at each other.


A magenta colour still image taken from TID 7488, showing a full length portrait shot of Bessie Lauste stood in the back garden of her home, wearing a long length satin evening dress and holding a fox fur stole in her right hand. She has a neutral expression on her face.
A black and white still image taken from TID 7488, featuring Mrs White, Bessie and Alva Lauste stood together whilst out walking in the snow. All three are smiling at the camera and dressed in long length wool coats and scarves. 
A black and white still image taken from TID 7488, showing Bessie and Emile Lauste walking through a snowy country lane dressed in long coats and winter woollen clothing. Emile smokes a pipe. Both smile at the camera.