Cat no. 1333

Economic Geography: Town Settlement

Running time10:52 Black & White Sound 1936 Saxmundham, Suffolk

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The geographic and economic features of the town of Saxmundham.

Genre:

Portrait of a Place

A shot of the countryside around Saxmundham. The commentary explains, with the help of relief maps, why a town grew up on this spot. The map shows how invaders came across the sea and travelled as far up the river Alde as they could. The hills around Saxmundham ensured a good water supply. There is a shot of the river at Saxmundham, now very narrow. A shot of the town. Boys ride bicycles along the street and a car passes. There is a shot of the flint Church. The film explains about the agriculture of the area. A bowler-hatted farmer takes a tractor-drawn plough onto a field. There is ploughing by horse teams and shots of farm buildings followed by shots of the haysel. Fields of wheat and barley are shown followed by shots of men gathering the harvest. In a field of sugar beet, men pull the beet by hand and then top it. Animals on the farm include cattle, pigs, chickens ducks and sheep. There are shots of chicks and lambs in their straw enclosure.The next sequence shows the market in Saxmundham. A woman walks along the lane to market and farmers are shown travelling by car and by horse and cart. Cattle are driven along the lane. There are shots of the cattle market. Cattle and pigs arrive by lorry and the pigs are unloaded. There are shots of the sale of calves and poultry.The film shows the three methods of transport around the area, with the aid of the map. There is a road and then a shot of the river; the port area is now some way from Saxmundham. A cargo boat is in port. The third method is the railway. A steam train passes through Saxmundham Station. Sugar beet are loaded into a goods wagon.

Background Information:

The farmer wearing the bowler hat is Flloyd Peecock who farmed at Wood Farm, Sibton. These and the other farming shots may have been taken from other Gaumont British Instructional films, `Farming in Autumn' etc made by Mary Field in 1934 and 1935.

Featured People:

Flloyd Peecock, farmer

Featured Buildings:

St John the Baptist; Saxmundham

Gaumont British Instructional

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