Title ID 8621Collection ID992
Title[Family Album: West Parm Farm; Headley Heath]
Date1953; 1954; 1955
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Rural Life
KeywordsAnimals Boats Food Lakes Mothers Rural Areas
LocalHeadley Heath
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This colour film shows the family group enjoying a Christmas meal and on a day out picnicking with their dogs.


This colour film shows the Hinchliff family enjoying a Christmas meal. Family members wear paper Christmas hats and read out Christmas cracker jokes whilst they eat and drink (Probably at West Parm Farm ?).

The family play in the garden with a toddler and a dog, filmed from an upstairs balcony window. A little girl walks the toddler around the garden and he crawls around the grass on his own.

In the next section, the family stand together on a hill drinking and spitting cherry stones (?) at each other, whilst a small baby is bottle-fed in a Moses basket. Panorama shots of the landscape follow.

The next section shows the family visiting a formal garden covered in yellow roses, followed by sunset shots (quite dark) of an urban location. An older lady stands in a garden clutching a baby wrapped in a blanket, followed by scenes of the family sitting on grass having a picnic. The children are shown walking two dogs and the dogs drink from plates on the ground.

The next section shows a lake with a two person sailboat coursing up and down. The boats have race numbers written on the sails, the camera follows the action. One boat almost capsizes as it turns.

The film ends with the children playing with toys in a garden - a penguin and a wheelbarrow. The family also walk the toddlers round and hold a young child sitting on a dog's back.

Contextual information

Headley Heath is a National Trust landscape and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Heath is located between Dorking and Leatherhead in Surrey.