Title ID 8626Collection ID992
Title[Wedding in South Croydon]
Date17 March 1962
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsCelebrations Religious Buildings Urban Areas Weddings Domestic Gardens Children
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
ParticipantsElizabeth Hinchliff; John Gowlland
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This intertitled colour film shows the town centre of South Croydon, with St Peter's Church spire seen above the rooftops. The film then shows the wedding of John Gowlland and Elizabeth Hinchliff at St Peter's Church, followed by the wedding reception at their Croydon home.


This film opens with wide urban landscape shots of South Croydon, with St Peter's Church spire seen above the rooftops of houses. The title: 'Wedding' includes the invitation (slight pink tint) with details of the couple getting married lead into mixed shots of the exterior of the church and churchyard from several angles on a sunny day, followed by a sequence of the bride and groom (Elizabeth and John) leaving the church on their wedding day as guests stand around them on the steps of the church. A photographer takes their photographs.

On the Church steps, a child bridesmaid and a young page boy give Elizabeth a good luck horseshoe wedding gift, which she puts over her wrist before getting into a car. The couple then return to their home in Croydon where more photographs are taken with the bridesmaids and members of the family on a garden lawn. The bridesmaids play with small cocktail umbrellas during the photography. Indoors the couple are filmed cutting a three tier wedding cake (very dark shot and flash photography). The film ends with shots of the view from an upstairs window over Croydon.


A still from [Wedding in South Croydon] (1962)

Contextual information

This wedding was also captured on film as part of the Gowlland Family collection TID 1702

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