Title ID 9132Collection ID1112
TitleSunnymede 1970
CollectionGiles Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Transport Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Bicycles Boats Cars Clubs Food Family Holidays Motor Vehicles Roads Rural Areas Villages
LocalChobham Horley Reigate (?) Brighton Turo New Forest Christchurch Mudeford Falmer Bexley
RegionalSurrey East Sussex Cornwall Dorset Kent Brighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGiles Family
CameraEric Giles
FormatColour Silent
Duration11 min. 14 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This family film opens with snowy scenes of their Chobham home and garden, followed by highlights of the London to Brighton Pioneer Motorcycle Run. The family also go on holiday with their caravan across a number of sites in Cornwall, Dorset and Falmer and fell a very large Elm tree in their garden.


This colour family film opens with the title 'Sunnymede 1970' and wintery shots of the family's Chobham home and garden, covered in fresh and falling snow. The film opens with an Intertitle: 'Bexley, where the Giles family visit another family at their home in Bexley, Kent. The group are seen walking down a residential street pushing a baby in a pram. Intertitle: 'Pioneer Run' - This film shows highlights of the Pioneer Run London to Brighton veteran motorcycle event along the route at Horley, Reigate (?), along other semi-urban roads finally arriving at Madeira Drive in Brighton. The next part shows a tractor towing the Giles family caravan down a farm track, followed by an intertitled film of the family's holiday to the Cosawes Caravan Park, in Truro and aboard a boat named 'Sistus III' on open water. Two men dressed in weatherproof clothing are aboard the boat.

The next sequence shows the Giles family on holiday in several UK locations, opening with an intertitle: 'New Forrest' (sic) and the family sitting on the grass eating a picnic in Christchurch, Dorset. This is followed by a gathering on the beach at Mudeford; and the children playing on a giant wooden sea-saw at a caravan site in Holmsley. Several shots show New Forest ponies in a field and a young foal suckling from its mother by the side of the road. The holiday film continues with the wooden sign for Broomfield Farm, East Hoathly followed by shots of the site and mixed shots of Court Farm, Falmer with thatched farm buildings and the caravan and a tent parked on the working farm. Falmer Pond and the Church of St Laurence are seen as the caravan is towed along the road. Intertitle: 'Bexley' - Brief interior and exterior shots of the family gathered at a house in Bexley where a toddler is sat on the carpet in a living room dressed in a white outfit.

The final section with intertitle: The End of an Elm' shows a man using machinery to fell a giant elm tree next to the family house. The wide shot shows the tree falling to the ground very close to their house and buildings. The tree is then winched along the narrow lane, to be loaded onto the back of a vehicle to be taken away. The film ends on a title: 'Sunnymede 1970'.


A still from Sunnymede 1970