Sidney Hill Cine Film Footage

We are deeply indebted to John Hunt, who is Chairman of the Victoria Jubilee Homes Trust, for providing us with a DVD copy of the Sidney Hill cine film. John’s mother was Daphne Hill, the youngest of Sidney Hill’s daughters.  The cine film was shot in and around Langford and Churchill during the late 20s, 30s and early 40s.  John has had the film converted to a DVD which enables us to provide you with a chance to view the film as a streamed clip on our own “youtube” site. Some of the film has been seen before on a HTV documentary in the 1990s, but there is much new material. Please respect John’s copyright on the film, which cannot be copied but is available for you to view and enjoy in the comfort of your own home!

Much of the film is centred on Langford House and records a golden era of garden parties, sporting events and royal celebrations. The footage gives us a unique insight into the Hill’s family life, with many images of Sidney and Edith’s children, Ronnie, Thurle and Daphne playing with their pets and admiring the gardens. There is also some excellent film of local characters from the village, who make cameo appearances. We would be very pleased to learn of any names you can give us. that will help to bring the film to life.

The film has been divided into seven segments of roughly 10 minutes duration, each of which can be accessed by clicking on the link here. You can enter names or comments on the youtube site directly, or you can always send us an email using the “contact us” page on the website. Do enjoy the film and help us identify the characters that will bring the film to life.