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Plas Newydd - tennis, boating and backgammon
Tennis, boating and bathing is provided for the August socialising of royals and aristocrats at Plas Newydd, seat of the Marquis of Anglesey.
Home movie 1933 15 mins Silent
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August 1933 - the hot summer days allow the Marquis of Anglesey’s family and friends (including Prince George, the Duke of Kent, and Princess Ingrid of Sweden) to enjoy the outdoors at Plas Newydd: tennis with a professional coach, swimming in the salt water pool, a boat trip to ‘the bay’, tea brewed over a fire in the rhododendron garden, romping on the lawn with each other and dogs. Reading and backgammon are undertaken in quieter moments, and a ‘Baby Austin’ 7 drives itself!
This reel features many members of the aristocracy. Included are shots of the Marchioness of Anglesey [Lady V Marjorie H Manners before her marriage] and her son and heir Henry Paget [Earl of Uxbridge], who is seen standing with his mother and her mother [Violet, Duchess of Rutland] as the ‘Flirt’, an open motorboat, prepares for the off. The Marchioness is also seen playing tennis with her twins (Henry and Katherine) and their governess, Miss Sands. Princess Ingrid plays tennis in a white dress and tall Prince George plays too. On the lawn, Lady Caroline Paget (the eldest Anglesey child) rolls herself and her dog about. Caroline and her father both filmed home movies and dramas enacted by family/friends.
Tennis on Film
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Instructional film/TV programme 1974 16 mins
The “voice of wimbledon” Dan Maskell commentates as some of the world's top tennis players show us their moves and tactics on the court.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent
French tennis legend René Lacoste beats fellow countryman Henri Cochet to the 1928 Wimbledon men’s title
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
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Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
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Home movie 1972 10 mins Silent Location: Tywyn
Summer is for canoeing and climbing the Anglesey Column; autumn features netball, and winter the warmth of a family Christmas.
Home movie 1937 5 mins Silent Location: Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
It’s all hands to the bucket, including those of the 6th Marquis of Anglesey who is helping with the dredging of his harbour at Plas Newydd.
Amateur film 1946 5 mins Silent Location: Beaumaris
Ambling Scottish ramblers, members of The Countryside Club, enjoy Anglesey at a leisurely pace.
Home movie 1937 6 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
What dreams may come when a treasured possession is aggressively broken? Unfinished drama starring Anglesey’s Earl of Uxbridge as a poor boy.
Amateur film 1936 16 mins Silent Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
Travelogue 1937 11 mins Location: Caernarfon
A timeless landscape steeped in history that is little changed today, but was surely made to be filmed!
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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