• Short Summary

    Excellent story about a modern, art deco dream house on a hilltop in Amersham.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "The house of a dream. Filmed at Amersham. For centuries houses have been built to meet the needs of each age. Today, we dream of houses open to sun and air, embodying everything that modern science can offer."

    Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

    Various shots show the exterior of a fabulous art deco house on a hilltop. It seems to have four floors, a balcony on the top and a glass-covered stairway running up the centre. There are no entrances on the north side of the house, to protect against cold winds and wintry weather. A water tower with a power plant in the base stands beside the house.

    Inside the house, we see several shots of the different rooms and interior decoration. A small water fountain is in the entrance hall. The drawing room and dining room look light and airy; the kitchen is fitted with numerous labour-saving devices, including a service lift. A maid is seen walking about the house and up the stairway. Several shots of the bedrooms and nursery; two children play on the balcony on swings and in a sandpit.

    Note: this is excellent footage of a modern house of 1931.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:57:59:00 / 02:00:45:00
    PT 073

Comments (1)

  1. Michael Thomas says

    This is a classic film - brilliant. My family lived nearby and were friends of the Ashmole family. The original drawings were lost in the Blitz and I was asked to produce measured drawings by prospective owners who wanted to make alterations in 1962. I donated these drawings to Amersham Museum in 2014. You say that it 'seems to have four floors' and that is partly true. There was a large double garage to the right of the entrance buried into the hillside. Then there are two floors which form the main accommodation using an inventive 'Y' shaped plan. The film shows a fountain on the ground floor which marks the centre of the plan. Discounting the large sunken garage there are two floors, then there is another floor which provides little accommodation but features two terraces which have overhanging roofs. One shows the sandpit in the film. The staircase is not glazed from the top but the sides are hence the light airy feeling. The interior shows much of the original built-in furniture.

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