|Title ID||8406||Collection ID||1189|
|Title||A Day in the Hayfield|
|Theme||Early film in the South East Rural Life|
|Keywords||Children Workers Men Farming Animals Rural Areas Dresses Suits|
|Format||Black & White Silent|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Men and children are seen at work and play in a hayfield in this 1904 film by Cecil Hepworth.
Horses pull a mower through a hay field towards the camera. The film cuts to the same harvester shot from behind, this time moving away from the camera, creating continuous movement. A horse and driver pull a wide rake to row up the dried hay, leaving large linear tufts of hay in its wake.
Children play, throwing the hay and falling over. They wear dresses or short jackets and shirts, many of the girls have hats tied round their necks. The children hold hands and scrabble into a group to sit and wave at the camera.
A worker lifts the loose hay onto a wagon. Atop the wagon is another man, who piles up the hay from above. A further man drives the horse-drawn cart. The wagon moves off, reaching a hay store where the hay is lifted onto a hay stack.