Cat no. 221

East Anglia

Running time16:45 Colour Silent c.1952 East Anglia

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A travelogue of East Anglia- mainly focusing on Harwich, Ipswich, Yarmouth and Norwich.


Portrait of a PlaceTravel / Travelogue

An animated map shows East Anglia. This begins with the distinction between the 'North Folk' and the 'South Folk'. as the film progresses the map shows other regions in East Anglia and then the principle towns.There are aerial shots showing the patchwork landscape of East Anglia. The chalk plateau is illustrated. The various types of landscape feature, showing the crops growing on the different types of soil. All scenes include long and close-up shots of the crops involved - wheat, barley, sugar beet and potatoes.A harvest sequence shows a Massey-Harris tanker combine with grain going into sacks. Sugar beet lifting is shown and in the Fens, potatoes are thrown onto a tumbrill from the baskets. In Breckland there are shots of the heath and forest.

There are also general shots of Broads landscape. Red Poll Cattle also feature as an example of the East Anglian heritage in breeding farm animals.The principle towns covered are Harwich, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Yarmouth and Norwich. At Harwich there are brief shots of the port, showing cargo wagons being loaded and a steamer leaving the port. Scenes from Lowestoft and Yarmouth show boats being built and repaired. There are also shots of the drifters at the quay and of the market. At Norwich, there is an aerial shot of the City including the Royal Hotel and the Cathedral.

There are scenes from the interior of the Norvic factory, showing men at work making shoes by machine and by hand. At Ipswich, there are scenes from the docks and also of an agricultural machinery factory. This shows the metal working in the factory and the finished products. The film ends with scenes of a tractor ploughing, neatly tying up the beginning and end of the film.

Background Information:

This film was re-made by Boulton-Hawker Films in 1970.


This was the first of several versions issued as the film was updated. There was also a black and white version issued

Featured Organisations:


Featured Buildings:

The Royal Hotel, Norwich; Norwich Cathedral

Boulton Hawker Films

D.C. Chipperfield

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