Pathe investigates the problem of the stately homes of England.
Second title reads: "Arundel Bill spotlights plight of historic ducal estates in age of crippling taxation." GV. Chatsworth House and gardens. LV. Chatsworth House, lake and fountains in foreground. LV. Sightseers' cars lined up in the grounds of Chatsworth House. GV. Chatsworth House and crowds in foreground, cooling themselves around the fountains. GV. People enjoying themselves around the long waterfalls in the grounds. CU. Girl laying on her back, sunbathing, pan to her bare feet in the water of the fountains. AS. Chatsworth House. LV. Interior of Chatsworth House showing the sculpture room. SV. Old time coach on view. GV. Interior of the library. GV. Interior of the painted hall and magnificent staircase with people walking down. AS. Duke of Devonshire looking over the bridge at Chatsworth House. CU. Duke of Devonshire. LV. Smaller type of house where the Duke of Devonshire now lives.
SV. Notice stuck in the grass "To the Castle", pan to angle shot of Arundel Castle, the home of the Duke of Norfolk. LV. Castle and gateway. SV. People queuing up and buying their admission tickets. LV. Castle and drawbridge. GV. Top view taken from the tower showing the centre lawns inside the castle. LV. Interior of Arundel Castle showing the Baronial hall. SV. People looking at figures dressed in coronation uniforms and robes. SV. Pan people looking at robes. SV. & CU. Earl Marshal of England, the Duke of Norfolk, sitting at his desk making coronation plans.
SV. Pathe reporter Bill Symon interviewing Mr Emanuel Shinwell. CU. Mr Shinwell being asked question (natural sound): "Do you intend to oppose the Arundel Estates bill?" Mr Shinwell answering (natural sound): "Yes, of course, but I'm not the only one. On the labour side I think they are unanimous in their opposition.
There are a very large number of members on the conservative side who are uneasy about it and very troubled in their minds about it." CU. Bill Symon with Mr Shinwell speaking. CU. Mr Shinwell continues to speak: "And it must be made quite clear that there is no personal feeling in this matter. This is of public concern the question whether somebody is trying to claim a privilege that is not available to the ordinary person of the community."
GV. Exterior of Woburn Abbey. SCU. The Duke and Duchess of Bedford, pan to the Duchess and her daughter. SCU. Duke and Duchess of Bedford. GV. People queuing up in the grounds waiting to go in and paying their 2s. 6d. entrance fee to the man at the gate. SV. People going in and paying, man punching tickets. LV. People queuing up waiting to go in. Duke of Bedford having a word with them as they wait. SV. Signpost reads "To Picnic ground, Children's Playground, Sculpture Gallery, Public Conveniences, Chinese Dairy etc." CU. Sign "Milk Bar." LV. Children playing on swings. LV. Interior with people walking past large dining table with silverware laid out, & SV. SV. Exterior, Bill Symon interviewing Duke of Bedford. CU. Duke of Bedford speaking and question being asked "Sir, apart from inheriting Woburn Abbey, what did you inherit in the way of death duties?" Duke speaking (natural sound): "A millstone of five million pounds." Symon: "Five million?" Duke: "Five million and now we have got five years in which to pay it. We are trying to find ways and means." Symon: "Have you any hope of doing so, Sir?" Duke: "We have to somehow or other." Symon: "What would happen if you didn't?" Duke: "Well, I imagine they would come and grab the lot."
SV. Duke of Marlborough sitting on garden seat in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. CU. Duke of Marlborough sitting on seat smoking pipe.
GV. Blenheim Palace away in the distance with the grounds and lake in foreground. LV. Blenheim Palace. AS. Duchess of Norfolk on the balcony of the palace. SV. Duke of Marlborough walking through garden towards camera. LV. Artistic ponds in the grounds. GV. Pan, Blenheim Palace and grounds.