Title ID 7922Collection ID1064
Title[Bexleyheath: Sam Ben Simba]
Date[ca. 1960 - 1970s]
CollectionChristopher Harris
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBuildings Cars Castles Animals Uniforms Tourism Play Outings Performing Arts Domestic Gardens Houses
LocalBexleyheath London Greenwich Cranbrook
RegionalKent Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChristopher Harris
CameraChristopher Harris
ParticipantsEllen Harris
FormatColour Silent
Duration19 min. 18 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A sequence of scenes taken at home and whilst travelling around Kent and the London Borough of Greenwich in by Christopher Harris.


The film opens with panning shots of London in the early morning, showing an industrial landscape, Power station chimneys, River Thames and air traffic.

This is followed by a series of scenes featuring a Dalmatian dog and a black kitten playing in a domestic garden. The kitten hides in a plant pot, flower bed and up a tree. Another kitten runs about the garden, and plays in a basket.

The scene cuts to a compilation of shots from an event held outside the Queens House (part of the Royal Museums, Greenwich site) with a uniformed band. Spectators watch from the grass, and a large female voice choir sing from the stone staircase and terraced balcony. The camera pans to the domed roof-line of the Old Royal Naval College (The domes above the Painted Hall and the Chapel). This is followed by high angle views of the staircase outside the Queen's House from the balcony above. The shot then returns to views of the Old Royal Naval College,Trafalgar Gate leading to the Thames. A red London bus drives past on the road between the sites. Further footage of the National Maritime museum grounds, gardens and colonnades follow along with views of Flamsteed House (Royal Observatory Greenwich) on the crest of the hill in Greenwich Park.

On another visit, Ellen Harris and the film-maker visit Sissinghurst Castle near Cranbrook in Kent, touring the estate gardens. They film a dovecote with large birds, a walled garden, Oast House and Ellen walking by the water. A wind vein reads "MC 1839".

Final shots show a drive through a suburban residential area taken from the front of the car.