Title ID 8125Collection ID1090
Title[Farming; Horse Training; Pig Auction; Sheep Dipping]
Date[ca. 1933]
CollectionArrowsmith Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeRural Life Working Life
KeywordsAnimals Farming Industry Trades Workers
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionKathleen Arrowsmith
CameraKathleen Arrowsmith
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white film provides highlights of livestock and farm life on the Arrowsmith family farm in Berkshire. Mixed shots follow the construction of hayricks; farm workers building thatch topped straw stacks; Suffolk Punch horses working a field; and farmers dipping sheep in a dipping bath.


This film opens with a man leading a Suffolk Punch horse around a yard. A horse tethered to a cart pulls hay up to several men preparing straw stacks. The crop is passed along a conveyer up to the men standing at the top.

The next section provides a brief family scene in a garden with a group playing with several dogs.

The film returns to highlights of the family working a Suffolk Punch horse in a field. The horse is harnessed to a makeshift heavy wooden sleeper style plough and being walked around the field, as two women watch from the edge. A herd of cows walk through the farm with a young male farm hand, carrying a milkmaid's yoke with two buckets. The cows follow the boy into a barn.

At a pig auction, a female Saddleback pig is being sold in a ring. Buyers watch the auction from outside the ring. Mixed shots follow of livestock roaming in fields with close-ups of the calves being gathered together to be put into a trailer. The family try to wrangle a Saddleback pig into a trailer, chasing it around a field.

In the next scene several men are working sheep. The sheep are being dipped by placing them in a pool of sheep dip. Followed by mixed views of a flock of sheep being worked by men. Suffolk Punch horses and their foals wander about in a field. Back at the farm a horse and her foal are being led up a farm track by farm hands into a trailer (?). On a track road several women ride, their horses wearing a full bridle, through the open countryside.

The final section returns to the group of Suffolk Punch horses being led around in a field with straw stacks.


[Farming; Horse Training; Pig Auction; Sheep Dipping] (ca.1933)