Cat no. 1029

How Hill

Running time~30:00 Colour Sound c.1976 Norfolk Broads, Norfolk

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An educational film made by Norfolk Education Department illustrating the traditional skills, industries and wildlife at the heart of the Norfolk Broads.


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The study centre is introduced by a series of photographs of the family who built the house at How Hill. There are views of a wind pump, Toad Hole Cottage, some eel and fish spears and an eel catcher with his eel nets. A marshman sharpens his scythe, then cuts the edge of a dyke. Other tools for dyke work are featured. Reeds are cut using scythes and motorised machines. Bundles of reeds are tied and carted. There are scenes of thatching, osiers (willows) being harvested, basket making and hurdle making.

On a nature trail, school children look at flowers, bank erosion, Comes Broad and marsh gas. Vegetation and small creatures from the dykes are examined by the children in the classroom. The children see the remains of St. Benet's Abbey, Irstead Church and Barton Broad as they go on a water trail. Back at How Hill there are views of the gardens. A variety of wild life is featured: cormorants, common terns, a heron, various ducks, a black-headed gull's nest with young, flocks of geese, coypu, rabbits hedgehogs, Chinese water deer, damsel fly, swallowtail butterflies, a caterpillar fixing itself to a reed and a chrysalis hatching out into a swallowtail butterfly.

Background Information:

The following information is from the How Hill Trust's website at How Hill House, situated in the heart of the Norfolk Broads, was built in 1904 by the architect Edward Thomas Boardman as his family's holiday home. The house became a study centre in 1967, but ever since 1984 it has been managed by an independent charitable trust which ensures that the property is cherished. The house is surrounded by delightful Edwardian gardens, but there is also a quite separate woodland garden featuring a magnificent springtime display of azaleas. The How Hill windows look out over a 365 acre estate, which is a most attractive and unique Broadland landscape, including reed beds, meadows, a small broad, woodlands, a reach of the River Ant, a marshman’s cottage, and restored windmills.


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Featured Organisations:

How Hill Trust

Featured Buildings:

How Hill; Toad Hole Cottage; St. Benet's Abbey; Irstead Church

Norfolk County Council Education Department

Peter Hollingham

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