Title ID 9719Collection ID1232
CollectionTomes Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurStudentNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsFilm Making Industry Parks Passenger Vehicles Trades Transport Workers
LocalBroxbourne London Walworth
RegionalGreater London Hertfordshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGilbert Tomes
CameraGilbert Tomes
ParticipantsTingley's Wheelwrights, Brandon Street, Walworth (London)
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This is a silent version of a black and white documentary film documenting the process of making wooden cart wheels, in detail, from tree to finished product.


This black and white documentary film was made by Gilbert Tomes while he was studying at the School of Kinematography at the Polytechnic Institute on Regent's Street, London. The film shows the process of making wooden wheels, in detail, from tree to finished product. Intertitles describe the process, as several men work the wood using belt-driven workshop tools and hand tools to create a functioning finished product, seen on a cart at the end of the film.

The workshop shown is Tingley's Wheelwrights, Brandon Street, Walworth (London) and the rural wooded landscape is at Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. The final wheels are shown on a cart being pulled by a horse in Regent's Park. The film closes on a title: 'The End'.


A still from Wheels (1934)