1938, 16mm, 9 minutes, Colour, Silent, Home movies, A J Sylvester
Christmas at Lloyd George's home/farm Bron-y-de at Churt in Surrey. After the festivities, the new year brings snow (cattle and sheep must be fed hay) and wambling Chow Chow pups, a breed Lloyd George (but not the Siamese cat) was particularly fond of.
Lady Valerie Davidia Daniel, daughter of Lloyd George's eldest son, Richard, interviewed by The National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales in 1997, remembered staying at Downing Street for long stretches at a time, there being nursery accommodation on the top floor. Lloyd George would allow them in to the Cabinet Room where, she recalled, they would jump about on the furniture, and once he hung a bunch of bananas on a tree in the garden so that it looked to the children as if such exotic fruit really did grow there. NB: The poor quality of the Christmas shots is owing to the use of light from a projector which has allowed only a small, square area within the frame to be exposed.
Note: 'Lloyd George at Home: Xmas 1938 & January 1939' is also available to view on the BFI Player