Cat no. 1366

Terling 1937

Running time18:57 Black & White 1937 Terling, Essex

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Terling village people, sports and funfair.



Shots of All Saints' Church, a half-timbered house, and the surrounding countryside. These include the river and cows at a neighbouring farm. A signpost at a T-Junction shows Braintree and The Notleys in one direction, Terling in the other and Great and Little Leighs in a third. Shots of a windmill. This appears in working order although it is not working; a man carries a full sack from the windmill. A woman stands in the doorway of her cottage. Boys cycle in the streets and men in white aprons stand outside the village store.

The second sequence shows brief shots of a cricket match featuring the village cricket team, possibly against a representative side from Essex. There are shots of a match at the quoits club, followed by longer shots of the cup final. At the tennis club, men and women play tennis and there are shots of spectators.

At the fete at Newhouse, there are shots of the stalls, including a darts stall. People in eighteenth-century costume dance and this is followed by further shots of the fete, including people playing tennis. There are initial dark, interior scenes of the horticultural show. People enter the hall. Inside there are shots of the exhibits and of the prizes. At a fairground, there are children in swingboats and then shots of them playing football. There is a shot of a pig and then shots of the crowds at the funfair. There are shots of sports events, including a girls' three-legged race, a skipping race, and an egg and spoon race. There are scenes from this in slow motion. There is a tug-of-war and a wheelbarrow race, with people actually in wheelbarrows.

The section finishes with night scenes of the fun fair. Shots of a tea party for the Terling and Fairstead branch of the British Legion show people sitting at a long trestle table. There are scenes of a bowls match and of putting. The final scenes show the village in winter. The sails are turning at the mill and there is snow on the ground. Mr. Gooday comes out of a house with a reel of film. He bows to the camera and the film ends.

Featured Organisations:

British Legion, Terling and Fairstead Branch; Terling Horticultural Society; Terling Quoit Club; Terling Tennis Club

Featured Buildings:

All Saints' Church, Terling

Mr Gooday

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