BellstestSevenoaks in the Sixties – A film by The Sevenoaks Society including 1920s footage of the Broughton House open day.

“Look, Love and Preserve” is a colour film made by The Sevenoaks Society in 1964, and now made available once more in digital format. It provides a fascinating glimpse of life and buildings in the town at the time.

This colour cine film was originally commissioned, researched and produced in 1964 by The Sevenoaks Preservation Society (the forerunner of the Sevenoaks Society) and shows the town and its surroundings half a century ago. It combines footage of some of our remarkable streets and buildings – St Nicholas Church, Sevenoaks School, Bradbourne Lakes, The Vine, The Shambles – and of course Knole – with a plea for the preservation of the town’s rich heritage. It is dedicated to the memory of local historian Dr Gordon Ward.

Some landmarks remain; others, such as The White House, have sadly made way for modern “developments”. So sit back and reminisce; or simply enjoy seeing our splendid town as it was all those years ago.

Broughton House

Also included is an 11-minute vintage black and white silent 35mm film, originally donated to the Society by Gordon Anckorn. This records a 1926 fete held in the grounds of Broughton House, an 1830 listed building in Dunton Green, and attended by over 3000. The film shows participants enjoying all the fun of the fete – including fancy dress, Scottish dancing and a pipe band. Total running time: approx. 50 minutes.