Title ID 9133Collection ID1112
TitleSunnymede 1971
CollectionGiles Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Cars Castles Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Games Holidays Houses Leisure Time Activities Motor Vehicles Outings Plants Rural Areas Weddings Wedding Dresses
LocalChobham East Wittering Herstmonceux Birdham East Hoathly
RegionalSurrey East Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGiles Family
CameraEric Giles
FormatColour Silent
Duration07 min. 01 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film opens with a traditional wedding party standing on the steps outside a church, followed by shots of 'Sunnymede', the family's home and garden in Chobham at springtime and the family on a Caravan holiday at various sites across East and West Sussex. This film is intertitled throughout.


This film opens with a title introducing the groom: 'John Cutting's Wedding' and the wedding couple and their party standing on the steps outside a church. This is followed by shots of the family house and gardens at springtime, with the flowers, plants and trees in full bloom. An intertitle: 'East Hoathly' is followed by shots of the caravan site and the family walking the dogs in a bluebell wood. The film returns to the Sunnymede house and gardens in Spring. Flowers, plants and trees are in bloom, and the family dog sits in the garden.

Scenes from the family holidays in Sussex follow, starting with an Intertitle: 'Linden Cottage'. The family visit the house and gardens, filming the plants with another couple. (Shots are dark and hard to make out action). The next location is 'Birdham' (West Sussex), showing the family on holiday at the Oriel Nursery Caravan site, where the children play with toys in on the site.

At 'Wittering' (West Sussex) the children play on the beach, building sandcastles. The family also visit Herstmonceux, exploring the castle and grounds. Mixed shots of the Elizabethan and walled gardens at the rear of the castle, followed by shots of the bridge, moat and frontage; with a view of the castle from the top of the hill on Hailey Road.

The final part is of the family on holiday at the Broomfield Farm site, East Hoathly. This short two shot sequence shows a close up of the wooden farm sign, followed a shot of the caravans parked in the field.


A still from Sunnymede 1971