A Lincolnshire Country Town - 1940's British Council Film Collection - CharlieDeanArchives - Video during: 00:15:14
Though no names are given, the film is set in the town of Boston, Lincolnshire - identifiable by the often-shown tower of St Botolph's church, known locally as 'The Stump'. The windmill that features briefly is also still extant.
The newspaper editor is seen in the offices of the Lincolnshire Standard, which at the time was owned by the Robinson family. The actor who plays the editor, Philip Robinson, however, is no relation.
The man walking towards St Botolph's at the beginning of the film has been identified by the local parish committee as Mr Holton. He was the Clark of Works during the 1920's / 1930's restoration of the church, and stayed on as the verger thereafter. He is depicted in verger's robes and can also be seen in one of the church's stained glass windows as a figure clad in green, holding books.
This film has been made available by the British Council Film Collection for non-commercial research and educational purposes . The British Council Film Collection consists of 120 short documentaries made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played.
View, download and play with the Collection at www.britishcouncil.org/film .
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