The main historical and architectural features of Bury St Edmunds.
Portrait of a Place
This film, titled throughout, shows usually static shots of the main historical and architectural features of Bury St. Edmunds. Many of the titles are historically inaccurate. In the scenes, Bury St. Edmunds moves around the shot. People carry on with their everyday business, walking the streets to do their shopping, riding bicycles and driving horses and carts. There is a car in the shot of Abbey Gate Street. The film shows the Fox Inn in East Gate Street. This is 15th century, not 13th century as in the titles. The next shot is of the 15th century Guildhall, not the 13th century Town Hall as suggested. The almost empty Butter Market features. Moyses Hall was not a Jewish residence, there was a pig market outside. It was built c.1180 and is older than indicated in the film. It may have been a Merchant's House. There are shots of the Abbey Ruins. The piers of the central tower were considered to be the site of the High Altar. The Dovecote is shown, along with a length of wall that would once have been one wall of a line of houses or shops. The Abbots Bridge and the Abbey Gate are filmed. The bridge may be 12th or 13th Century. It was strengthened in the 14th century. The camera pans the Abbey ruins giving a good indication of their overall appearance in 1913. Shots on Abbey Gate Street show traffic, including a car. There is a long shot of the Norman Tower and a close up shot of the Gate Way. The film ends showing the ruined West Front of the Abbey Church.
This film would have been shown in the county cinemas.The shots of the Abbot's Bridge and of the Abbey Gatehouse are hand-coloured. This is a late, and a quite crude, example of the genre.
Moyses Hall; Bury St. Edmunds Abbey; The Norman Tower; The Guildhall; The Fox Inn