Our Village - a film of Penshurst in 1950

Life in Penshurst in 1950

A film portrait of Penshurst in 1950 has been rediscovered by local film historian Barry Littlechild.

The fourteen-minute film, entitled 'Our Village', was made to promote petroleum and pesticide sales following the second world war. Although filmed by an American crew, it features local tradesmen and farmers, the village vicar and the village blacksmith,Penshurst petrol station in 1950 who is watched at work in his forge by local resident Mick Boakes, then aged nine.'Our Village' was twice shown in the Village Hall in the spring of 2009.

DVD copies of 'Our Village' are available from Barry Littlechild priced £10 each, proceeds to Hospice in the Weald. Please email Barry at

For more information and a short video extract see bbc penshurst film video feature

Photos by kind permission of Barry Littlechild