The 1st Millennium: the Story of Ruislip-Northwood
16mm film Colour Sound c.1960 15:00
Summary: Film of events in the history of Ruislip, with actors.
Title number: 385
LSA ID: LSA/500
Description: Opens with 'Amateur Cine World Special commendation' card. Shot of black leather book with title 'Millennium 1' above an omega symbol. Book opens to title page which reads 'Omega Film Unit, Eastcote' in the style of a medieval illuminated manuscript. Page turns, reads: 'The first millennium: The Story of Ruislip-Northwood. Colour by Kodachrome'.
Cast list (presumably): Jonathan Layton, William Reid, Anne Houston, Bryan Graver, William Sage, Frederick Drake.
Crew: Sound by E. Jeffs, Lighting J.C.L. Kinnerley, Continuity: Anne Drake,
Second unit: Barry Lovell, Titling: Bill Bond, Prints: Colour-technique. Historical research: J.C.N. Williamson, Production Adviser: B.C.W. Reid; Directed and photographed by P.G. Kittel.
Open green scene with red flowers in the foreground (film is magenta). Close up of tree bark. Shot of the sky. Montage of plants, trees flowers, beautiful countryside. Man is using axe to cut tree and he is wearing a medieval tunic. Commentary describes the man as a bondsman working for the lord of the manor. Man has gathered up bundle of sticks, picks up his axe and heads off through the woods. The man stops to eat some break. Voice over talks about owner of manor and historic context behind the ownership. Cut to present day Ruislip Manor Farm building which was built in the 16th century. We're treated to shots of the exterior of Manor Farm before shots of the moat which is the only remaining part of the manor house. See a shot of a man who is supposedly a monk writing with a quill on paper whilst the commentary talks about Henry IV.
Cut to shot of Kings College Cambridge who became the holders of the manor and remains so until this day. Shot of a man leaning the 18th century map of Ruislip which is held in King's College. View of St Martin's Church in Ruislip followed by images of the stained glass within. Close ups of the sculptures of the alters in the church. We see people leaving after a modern-day church service. Close-up shots of various flower beds accompany further commentary on the area's history.
Good shot of Eastcote House exterior and the out buildings.
Three men in medieval costume - one is on a bench another is holding the reins of a horse. Children and woman are throwing vegetables at a man who is in stocks. Close-up of man and he has egg thrown on him. A young girl dressed as a tavern server brings out beers to the two men sitting on a bench. Illustration of the enclosure map and an explanation of what happend to some of the cottages when they had to flood the land.
Cut to a modern shot of a crowded Ruislip Lido. Two girls are drinking Kia-ora. Close-up of a boy in a wooly hat fishing in the Lido. A girl in a swimming costume and bathing hat is digging in the sand, and we see some of the activities you can do on the water like paddle boat hire. Cut to group of girls who are dancing round the maypole in the grounds of Manor Farm. Crowd includes groups of Guides and Brownies and there are women taking photographs. The voiceover asks how will Ruislip compare in 50 years time.
IT: The makers of this film greatfull acknowledge the co-operation of the following: Jane S. Allen, Joan Corden, Heather Day, Bruce Fairweather, Rev. R. D. Grange-Bennet, Brian Linsey, L.E. Morris, Miss Pollard, PRO, Anne Reid, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council, Vice Provost of Kings College Cambridge, Muriel Schiller.
Music by Eastcote String Orchestra. Condutor: D. King ARCM.