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The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Amateur film 1956 14 mins
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A windy day in Pinner witnesses the wedding of Judith and Peter Elliott in June 1956, who are shown at the service at St John’s and then at the reception in Well House, Memorial Park, Pinner. The occasion is impeccably traditional but the surroundings and guests are rather stylish, with extremely elegant, almost 1920s-style, dresses on display. Interesting also to note that one guest is Afro-Caribbean, which is presumably fairly unusual at a suburban wedding of the era.
I Saw This, November 1940
Home movie 1940 17 mins Location: Swallownest
An enigmatic pot-pourri of a film of a village in wartime. Although life appears here as normal, an inauspicious motif seems to lurk within the avant-garde cinematic style.
Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations
Amateur film 1937 12 mins
Minstead's ladies enjoy a cricket match on the village green in this charming film that also features two weddings, a holiday and a giant crab
Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding
Amateur film 1930 7 mins
Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica
Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)
Amateur film 1963 2 mins Location: Stratford
Shocking pink outfits, impressive cake and a gargantuan veil feature in this brief home move shot at this wedding somewhere in East London
Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth
Non-Fiction 1940 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.
The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950
Home movie 1950 9 mins Location: Lancaster
Congratulations to the happy couple! A lovely record of a special day in Lancaster.
Pinner - 1926 - Osborne Personal Film
Amateur film 1926 13 mins Location: Pinner
Evocative film capturing the suburb of Pinner succumbing to modernity, as we watch roads being constructed and the countryside retreating.
Harrow Marathon and Shrove Tuesday in Pinner
Amateur film 1984 4 mins Location: Pinner
Amateur newsreel covering the Harrow Marathon and a packed Shrove Tuesday event on Pinner High Street attended by Ronny Barker.
Amateur film 1970 21 mins Location: Pinner
A tour of Pinner Village during its celebratory Pinner Week highlights local landmarks, fun, fancy dress and festivities.
Amateur film 1928 5 mins Location: Pinner
Early amateur film on bee keeping in Pinner shows how you can handle hives in your everyday wear.
Harrow Events - C.1927 - Osborne Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 11 mins Location: Harrow
Watford, Harrow and Pinner let down their hair in a 1920s smorgasbord of funfairs, fire displays and Tudor pageantry.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.
Five Minutes By The Sea At Clacton
Amateur film 1950 9 mins Location: Clacton-On-Sea
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
Brian Palfrey, Cooper
Instructional film/TV programme 1986 11 mins Location: Stowmarket
Making a traditional wooden beer barrel, demonstrated by a Suffolk brewery cooper