Cat no. 220

Through East Anglia

Running time30:16 Black & White Sound 1948 East Anglia

Travelogue of East Anglia.


DocumentaryTravel / Travelogue

Lowestoft: There are shots of the harbour entrance from the sea, showing the fishing fleets and a warship in port. Most of the shots show the vessels under repair.

Yarmouth: The boating lake with pedal and paddle boats. There are shots of the town walls and the towers. In the port timber is unloaded from a visiting coaster. There is also a shot of the Royal Hotel and the memorial tablet to Charles Dickens, who used Yarmouth as the basis for David Copperfield.

Blundeston: There are scenes of the rectory and St. Mary's Church. We also see Caister Castle and Moat and the Roman remains at Burgh Castle. The latter had walls that were 14 feet high and 9 feet thick.

The Broads: There are many scenes of sailing on the broads including busy river scenes at Horning. Most shots are of or around the Cathedral. The old Bishop's Palace can also be seen.

Cambridge: There is a shot of Kings College Chapel and of street scenes in Cambridge. There are some shots of the backs showing Clare Bridge.

Kings Lynn: Shots of the wash, showing the dykes and some rather rickety bridges, precede film of Kings Lynn. In Kings Lynn itself, we see the Customs House, the Dukes Head Hotel, The Guildhall and the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount. Legend had it that there was a subterranean passage running from the Chapel to Castle Rising. The film shows the Castle and the moat along with Bede House. This was founded by Henry Howard, Earl of Northampton as an alms house for women of the parish. These women can bee seen wearing the traditional costume of cloaks and high, conical hats.

Aldeburgh: There are seashore shots and also shots of the Martello Tower and the Moot Hall. Now standing almost on the beach, the viewer is reminded in the commentary that this was built to stand in the centre of the town.

Norwich: There is a shot of the Castle and an aerial shot of the Cathedral. Back on ground level, the film shows Pulls Ferry, the Norwich School, the Cloisters and shots of the Close. In town there are shots of the Bell Hotel, including interior scenes, the City Hall, the Guildhall, Tombland Alley and Augustine Steward's House, Elm Hill and Strangers' Hall. There are also scenes from the market and the cattle market.

Lavenham et. al. Into Suffolk and the film shows many half-timbered Suffolk villages. Starting with Lavenham, we see The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and the Guildhall. In Kersey, there is a scene of a thatcher at work putting the finishing touches to the apex of a roof. In Long Melford we see the Church of Holy Trinity, the Green, the Bull Hotel and Kentwell Hall. Street scenes and timbered houses feature from all three. In Long Melford the film highlights the carvings on many of these houses. A scene from the Bull Hotel illustrates the layout of an old coaching inn. The commentary explains that this was once a weaver's house and shows the large, high windows in the buildings in the courtyard.

Walsingham: The film shows East Barsham Manor House, visited by Henry VIII. There are shots of the Slipper Chapel and of the Chapel of our Lady of Walsingham. In addition there are street scenes from the village centre at Walsingham.

Grimes Graves: This sequence shows the ladder leading down the flint mine and then goes underground to show the caverns cut away by the miners - all using a deer's antler. A flint knapper is seen at work.

Through East Anglian Constable Country, the film shows Flatford Mill, birthplace of Constable's father and Willie Lott's Cottage. There are also scenes of the Stour Valley. There are some farming scenes at Bradfield in Essex. These show both tractor drawn and horse-drawn equipment. Men are seen building a haystack. There are scenes of an unidentified windmill and a farmer knocking sugar beet. Ipswich: The White Horse Inn is featured and its connections with Mr. Pickwick highlighted. There are scenes from the streets and from the docks, including the working of a flour mill. The film also shows a sailing barge on the River Orwell. Colchester: There are scenes from the old part of Colchester Town, including the Red Lion Hotel, the Castle St. Botolph's Priory and the Old Siege House. These two buildings are both reminders of Colchester's strategic importance during the Civil War. St. Botolph's was destroyed and the Siege House changed hands many times. Harwich. Scenes of embarkation at Parkeston Quay. A car is lifted onto the boat. In a speeded up scene passengers join the boat and cargo is loaded. The film ends with coastal scenes.


There were two versions made of this film. This is the earliest. The later version has different titling and different shots.

Featured Buildings:

Royal Hotel, Great Yarmouth; The Rectory, Blundeston; Burgh Castle, Blundeston; St. Mary's Church, Blundeston; Pulls Ferry, Norwich; Caister Castle, Norwich; Norwich School, Norwich; Bell Hotel, Norwich; Norwich cathedral; City Hall, Norwich; Ely cathedral; The Old Bishop's Palace, Ely; Guildhall, King's Lynn; Kings College Chapel, Cambridge; Augustine Steward's House, Norwich; Clare Bridge, Cambridge; Customs House, King's Lynn; Strangers' Hall, Norwich; Duke's Head Hotel, Kings Lynn; Guildhall, King's Lynn,; Flatford Mill; Chapel of our Lady of the Mount, Kings Lynn; Willie Lott's Cottage, Flatford. Castle Rising; The White Horse Hotel, Ipswich; Bede House, Castle Rising; Moot Hall, Aldeburgh; The Church of Holy Trinity, Long Melford; Bull Hotel; Long Melford; Kentwell Hall; East Barsham Manor; The Slipper Chapel, Walsingham; The Chapel of Our Lady, Walsingham; The Red Lion Hotel, Colchester; Colchester castle; St. Botolph's priory, Colchester, Old Siege House, Colchester; The Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Lavenham; The Guildhall, Lavenham

Famous Films (London) Ltd.

Ambassador Film Productions

Henry Passmore

S.C. Allen

Stanley Charles

Selwyn Jones

James Haytor

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