Cat no. 687

An A-Z of East Anglian Villages: Quidenham

Running time4:47 Colour Sound 1975 Quidenham, Norfolk

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BBC East documentary profiling the village of Quidenham.


DocumentaryPortrait of a PlaceTelevision

Jean Goodman enters the village of Quidenham by car along a country lane. The church stands in the centre of the village. The next shots are of a wood and the commentary explains that Queen Boadicea is rumoured to be buried in the wood. In the village, there is a shot of a part timbered cottage. This is the home of Mrs. Jay, the volunteer keeper of the reading room and wife of the ex game-keeper. She shows Jean Goodman the interior of the reading room that houses the Boadicea Club, a social club that meets once a month. The commentary explains that Quidenham used to be Lord Albermarle's estate village. Lady Albermarle's portrait hangs in the reading room. There is a shot of the co-founder of the Boadicea Club, Mrs. Plumbly and of her mother. Aged ninety six, she is the oldest member of the club.

There is a shot of the old school, which is now the home of artist Mrs. Macnamara. She is designing a village sign. She is pictured working on a painting of the Lodge. This is now the home of the Church warden Mr. Barrett. He shows Jean Goodman the Church of St. Andrew, including a memorial window to the American bomber group stationed in the village during the war. In the sitting room of her home, Mrs. Smith shows Jean Goodman a photograph of her son-in-law, Jim Sullivan, who piloted the record breaking American Reconnaissance jet across the Atlantic.

The next sequence features Quidenham Hall, the former home of Lord Albermarle. This is now a Carmelite Monastery for Roman Catholic nuns. Jean Goodman speaks to the steward, who explains why it isn't called a convent. The Dower house features. This is now the Eccles Hall School. Jean Goodman speaks to the Principal Mr. Symington about the school holidays. The final shot is of the River Whittle.

Featured People:

Mr. Barrett, church warden; Jean Goodman; Mrs. Jay, keeper of the reading room; Mrs. Macnamara, artist; Mrs. Plumbly, founder of the Boadicea Club; (Her mother); Mrs. Smith, resident; Mr. Symington, Principal, Eccles Hall School

Featured Organisations:

The Boadicea Club

Featured Buildings:

Quidenham Hall; The Dower House; The Reading Room; St. Andrew's Church

BBC East

Jean Goodman

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