Cat no. 4397

With the Old Berkeley Hunt

Running time25:22 Black & White Silent 1930-1934 Buckinghamshire

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Fox hunting in Buckinghamshire in the early 1930s.


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Two reels of film recording the activities of the Old Berkeley Hunt in the cubbing and hunting seasons. The first reel includes footage of a visit to the foxhound kennels at Coldmoreham and the progress of a cubbing meet starting at the River Chess, Solesbridge in August. The second reel includes footage of hunting meets at Latimer House, Bovingdon, Scatterdells, Amersham Broadway, Great Hampden, and Hartwell House.

The first reel includes shots of the kennels and hounds at Coldmoreham; the hounds being exercised and returning to their kennels; a cubbing meet at River Chess, Solesbridge, including footage of a fox being dug out after ‘going to ground’, the training of young hounds after the kill and one rider attempting to contain a fox cub within a covert near Micklefield Hall.

The second reel includes shots of the starts of hunting meets, including the initiation of new members of the hunt (Scatterdells), horses and hounds in the field and a fox’s carcass being thrown to the hounds after a kill. The film concludes with a shot after another kill in which a fox’s head is cut off and its body thrown in the air to the waiting hounds.

Background Information:

With the Old Berkeley Hunt and At the Old Berkeley Point-to-Point near Kimble were exhibited to members of the Royal Photographic Society’s Kinematograph Group on 27 April 1934. The Photographic Journal, August 1934, pp. 417-8 includes a brief article about the screening. It indicates that Mr Alliott presented the film and discussed aspects of the production of With the Old Berkeley Hunt, notably the difficulties in following the hunt. Although the article acknowledges Mrs Alliott’s involvement in the production of the film, it does not elaborate on her role in the production, referring only to difficulties he faced, how he overcame them and the camera equipment used.


Reel 1 time 11:26 Reel 2 time 13:57

Featured People:

Reel 1 Eunice Alliott David [surname not known, Coldmoreham kennels] Destiny [female foxhound] Stanley Barratt (possibly), Old Berkeley MFH [Master of Fox Hounds] Motorised transport, reg no. BPB506 Reel 2 Stanley Barratt (possibly), Old Berkeley MFH [Master of Fox Hounds]

Featured Organisations:

Old Berkeley Hunt

Featured Events:

Old Berkeley Hunt cubbing and hunting meets

Featured Buildings:

Reel 1 Coldmoreham kennels Moor Farm Reel 2 Latimer House Bull Inn, Bovingdon Crown Hotel, Amersham Market Hall, Amersham Hampden House, Great Hampden Hartwell House stables, Hartwell Hartwell House, Hartwell Hartwell House chapel, Hartwell Hartwell House bridge, Hartwell

Eustace Alliott; Eunice Alliott

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