• Short Summary

    Sidney James (not the 'Carry On' star) works on his ornamental gardens.

  • Description

    Laindon, Essex.

    Various shots of the garden of Sidney James (not the 'Carry On' star); it has many arches, pathways, ponds, bridges, statues, gnomes, stonework and so on - rather crowded!

    Commentator tells us the ornamental garden "has taken eight years to build and Mr James, who is still adding to it, says he will probably never finish". Sidney walks through a large wooden gate with a portcullis above it, then through a smaller iron gate to a small reproduction of St Mary and St Michael Church in Stepney. He starts applying some cement to the brickwork; C/U of a crucifix on the side of the church and religious statues in two niches.

    Various shots of stonework and statues in the garden; L/S of the garage Sidney built to look like a castle; panning right to show Sidney at work on a garden seat. We are told "Stone from Waterloo Station, Charing Cross Hotel and a bank in Bishopsgate, London, have all been used here".

    We see Mrs James coming out of a door and walking through the garden, stopping to gaze round at her husband's work. M/S & C/U of a wishing well made with 1000-year-old stones from St Dunstan's Church in Stepney.

    A man climbs up a ladder to hand a large round stone ball to Sidney; he places it on top of a pedestal on an arch. Mrs James cleans the summer house windows.

    Sidney walks through his garden and sits on the finished stone seat to admire the view.

    Note: there are notes on file about Sidney.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:37:55:00 / 01:40:03:00
    CP 331

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