Title ID 7923Collection ID1064
Title[Bexhill & Places: College; St. Peters Christmas; Hidlands; Sea Moods; Hastings; Gravesend; London at Night]
Date[ca. 1960 - 1970s]
CollectionChristopher Harris
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeTravel Family Life
KeywordsCars Villages Rural Areas Beaches Christmas Religious Buildings Food Domestic Gardens Houses Outings
LocalBexhill-on-Sea Hastings London Battersea Chelsea Gravesend
RegionalEast Sussex Kent Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChristopher Harris
CameraChristopher Harris
ParticipantsEllen Harris
FormatColour Silent
Duration27 min. 20 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A collection of scenes from around East Sussex and Kent, interspersed with footage taken from the front of a car, that includes views of a beach, a visit to London with shots of a London Trade Show and domestic Christmas family scenes at home in Bexhill-on-Sea as recorded by Christopher Harris.


The film opens with footage of East Sussex (?) countryside at early morning. Driving along country roads, the car passes a horse and cart, other motor traffic, several towns and villages in the sun and rain, finally arriving at the beach (Bexhill?). Ellen Harris walks alone the shoreline, before footage of the breakers on the shore. A family is caught by a large wave, and they run up the shore. Panoramic shots of the wide, empty beach and cliffs behind follow with a figure walking a dog by the sea. Footage of the sea, show it lit up by breaks in the cloud.

In the living room of a house, Christmas lights are wrapped round a tree, and the room is adorned in festive decorations. Night footage follows of Bexhill seafront (?) vaguely visible in the darkness. The shots cuts to the interior of St Peter's Church, Bexhill with paper statues of the three wise men, a large Christmas tree, a tinsel angel and a traditional nativity scene. Further footage of flowers, a lectern, the altar and stained glass window follow (also on TID: 7921). Fishing boats and nets are seen on the beach (The Stade) in Hastings.

The scene cuts to shots of a large kitchen with a group of women students [?] preparing food. This is followed by scenes of a reception or gathering with edible [?] sculpted items on show. A large model of a bird of prey is displayed on a table with a label reading: "Mrs E.W Burnett. Highbury[?] Technical College" followed by a replica of a model of a Paddle Steamer.

The scene cuts to a Catering show at London Olympia [?], where chefs demonstrate their skills and catering suppliers show their wares, seen in wide views of the trade stands that includes signage for suppliers: "Hobarts".

Returning to the car, scenes are filmed across a bridge (Albert or Battersea Bridge) decorated with lights, followed by a series of urban night time street scenes (?) of the car in traffic.

Back at the film-maker's home in Bexhill-on-Sea, there are rooftop views of bungalows, housing, gardens and greenhouses, shot from a second floor window. A series of shots shows a large garden and views of apartment buildings on the seafront.

The film returns to provide a compilation of edited shots starting in South West London, with the film-maker's car approaching Battersea Power Station (in operation), passing over Chelsea Bridge, then moving along Chelsea Embankment adjacent to the Thames. This is followed by a coach trip that briefly visits at a safari style park to watch a group of Rhino; before returning to views filmed from a car on an urban road and dual carriageway (A21?).

A series of chimneys and boats are seen under an evening sky on a river, with the industrial landscape of dock cranes along the skyline (Gravesend?). The film closes with further night footage, dark except for the bright lights of cinemas, restaurants and theatres.

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