Cat no. 1349

Hodge Compilation

Running time10:05 1930s Southwold, Suffolk

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Amateur film showing members of the Hodge family and their friends in Southwold.

Most of this film shows the film maker's family and friends around Southwold. They are filmed by the sea front, on the beach, outside their houses and around the streets. The film includes good general shots of Southwold, showing the streets in the town centre, the sea front, the Port area and the heath. There is a shot of the lighthouse. In the midst of this the film maker records some specific events. The first of these shows the Southwold ferry transporting a car across the river to Walberswick. The car disembarks. The film shows general scenes of the estuary. There are shots of the exterior of the cinema. There is a shot of a man outside the cinema. This appears to be the cinema owner and if so is Mr. James Blyth, who was a well-known local film maker. The film also records buses in the town square.The next distinctive event recorded appears to be a Remembrance Day parade. A group in uniform, possibly the Salvation Army, are seen in line. In the parade itself, which walks to the war memorial, there is the Mayor and the Town Council, some soldiers and several civilians who remove their hats in front of the memorial. One piece of 'trick' camera work employed by the film maker is to film the reflection of two people in a window. the Swan Hotel is in the background. The film records a hunt assembling on the heath and some events in a gymkana. These include show jumping and steeple chasing. There are scenes from a garden that show the herbaceous borders and other features. A small girl pushes her doll's pram. The final scenes show the family on the beach.

Background Information:

The ferry shown is The Blyth. this worked the crossing from the late 1920s until 1942.The Southwold Cinema opened in 1912 in the Assembly Rooms on York Road. It was bought by the Crick family in 1921 and James Blyth, Mrs. Crick's son by a previous marriage, became the manager. From the mid-1920s onwards, Blyth filmed local events for the Cinema and although most decomposed, some are in the care of the East Anglian Film Archive. James Blyth retired in 1959. The Southwold Cinema closed in 1961. It was re-opened briefly during the 1970s and was demolished in 1983

Notes:

See:Southwold, Suffolk, c. 1930, Ferry.

Featured Events:

The Remembrance Parade, Southwold, c. 1930

Featured Buildings:

Southwold Lighthouse; The War Memorial; The Southwold Cinema

Member of the Hodge family

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