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Wessex Film and Sound Archive

Farming and Rural Life

This film compilation is available to borrow from various Hampshire Libraries. Search the library catalogue to see which Hampshire libraries hold this film. It is also available for reference only at Hampshire Record Office. You can also search our online catalogue to find other archive films and sound recordings we hold relating to this topic.

1. Scenes from Village Life

Rural life ín the post-war period in the neighbouring villages of Burghclere and Newtown in Hampshire.
John Legard; 1948; B/W & Colour; sound - added in 1991

2. Tichborne Mummers

Silent footage of a traditional Mummers play, which took place at Tíchborne in 1919.
Film maker unknown; 1919; B/W; silent

3. Rev. Hortons fílms of Minstead

Extracts from a series of amateur films shot by the Rev. Harry Horton in the New Forest village of Minstead during the 1930s.
Rev. H Horton; mid-1930s; B/W; silent

4. Seedtime and Harvest

Age-old methods of farming are demonstrated on a farm near Fordingbridge.
Eric Ashby; 1936-7; B/W; silent

5. The Seasons (extracts)

Silent colour footage of farming practices in the 1940s.
Frank Bealing; 1940s; Colour; silent

6. Threshing Machine

Amateur fílm of a threshing machine in action at Blacklands Farm, near Hook.
Mr & Mrs T Brown; 1973; Colour; silent

7. Heavy Horses

Amateur colour footage featuring an Open Day at Harbridge Farm, near Ringwood.
Mr & Mrs T Brown; 1975; Colour; silent

8. Old English Crafts

Making Hay Rakes - Ernest Sims, last in a 200 year line of traditional Hampshire rake makers at Tadley, is featured in this short documentary made by Sam Hanna.
Sam Hanna; 1960s; Colour, sound


1. The Working

Amateur cinefilm taken during an Open Day at Harbridge Farm, near Ringwood, and featuring a variety of traditional farming machinery and methods.
Jack Hood; 1970s; Colour; sound

2. Life in Iwerne Minster in Wartime

Ministry of War propaganda film depicting life in the rural Dorset village of Iwerne Minster during World War One. The film includes footage of German POWs at work.
Ministry of War; 1918; B/W; silent

3. Fox Hunt Meet at Fair Oak

Amateur footage taken in the Hampshire village in 1930
Mrs E Fritchley; 1930; B/W; silent

4. Chalton Movie News

Extracts from a series of amateur fílms depicting life in and around the East Hants village of Chalton during the late 1930s.
Mr D S Cole; 1936-39; B/W; silent

5. The Chase

Taken from a documentary about Cranbome Chase, presented by Desmond Hawkins, this extract examines the art of hurdle making.
BBC South; 1980; Colour; sound

6. Honey for Sale

Amateur fílm which follows the work of Hampshire beekeepers at Sparsholt College, and in the Avon Valley.
Jack Hood; 1970s; Colour; sound


Stil showing farmer on horse drawn machine

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