Belmont School, Harrow Weald
16mm film Black & White Silent 1950s 17:01
Summary: Amateur film recording pupils of Belmont School in Harrow Weald.
Title number: 345
Description: The film begins with exterior views of Belmont School on Hibbert Road in Harrow Weald, including its buildings and grounds. A view of a hard standing playground features schoolboys playing games during a break period. A shot from an upstairs window within the school looks down on schoolboys lined up formally in columns and rows on the playground. Inside the school building there are views of classroom activity in a woodwork lesson where some pupils are seen making stools. Out on the school field two teams of boys are engaged in a football match with many spectators watching from the side of the pitch. Some girls are also filmed engaged in physical exercise, performing gymnastics exercises on a lawn just outside school buildings. There follows some film from a school trip by bus, visiting Wales and the Welsh Marches (the bus is from Enterprise Coaches in Kenton). The trip takes in a range of location including a Hydro Electric Scheme (possibly Ffestiniog Power Station), a cattle market, a visit to a pig sty, a walk around the ruins of Dore Abbey in Herefordshire, a look at the ruins of a castle (possibly Longtown castle), and exploring the landscape of the Brecon Beacons. And Talybont Reservoir. The film concludes back at Belmont School with boys engaged in gymnastic and athletics exercises in the school ground and girls performing a formation dance routine.
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Harrow
John Russell wrote on November 27, 2018:Very interesting footage of my old school which is now a housing site. I attended Belmont between 1957 and 1962.…Very interesting footage of my old school which is now a housing site. I attended Belmont between 1957 and 1962. I think the film in black and white was before 1959 possibly mid 50's ? I recognised some of the school masters Mr Westlake was the sports master doing the gymnastics and Mr Rodemark was the woodwork master ( I seem to recall that he was a prisoner of the Japanese during WW2 ) I also recognised a number of members of staff in the colour film - Mr Forbes ( Engineering master) , Mr Patinson (Biology- and First Aid - making the announcements at sports day which I think were held at Honeypot Lane near Cannons Park ) Mr Dix ( English Teacher) Mr Davies ( My form master and Maths teacher) Mr Anderson (Technical Drawing and Deputy Head Master - driving the Ford Zodiac) and the Head Master presenting The trophies-( Mr Heygate ? )