Film ID:
YFA 3137

THE RAMSDENS IN NORFOLK

1950s

Visitor Tabs

Description

This holiday film by Betty and Cyril Ramsden captures some of the smaller towns in Norfolk as well as the couple's leisure time on the Broads. The Ramsdens were semi-professional filmmakers and members of the Leeds Cine Circle.

Title-Knocking about Norfolk

Title-Wymondham, pronounced Windham.

The film opens with shots of a quaint market town. There is a Tudor-style tower in the middle of the town, and Betty walks up the steps. Cyril walks into a chemist and when he comes out he wipes his face and applies some `Sultan' sun cream. He walks in to Barclays Bank, comes out and heads into the `White Hart Hotel'. When he leaves he wipes his mouth as if he was eating or drinking. Betty stops to buy some postcards at a tourist shop; it has a picture of the village street on the front, she writes on the back and posts it. There is a shot of another Tudor-style pub which Cyril walks straight into and out of again, when he exits, he wipes his mouth.

Title-Norfolk Broads.

There is a brief shot of the back of three `larger' women walking down a road followed by footage of boats on the river.

Title-Norfolk steeped in history

There is a large cathedral with a spire, and following that, Betty walks down a narrow street.

Title-Norfolk Industries

In the countryside, a combine harvester is being used in a large field. A close up of a machine shows it was made by Allmet Ltd Leeds. The wheat is tipped into a machine and moves along a conveyor belt. There is a sign which reads `The Briton Brush Coy Ltd'.

Next, two men cut down trees in woodland, and then the wood is divided out in a timber yard and stacked up. Betty examines the tree rings, and a man uses an electric saw to cut the logs and some of the wood is stripped of bark.

In another section of the factory a man drill holes in to brush heads and then they move on to have bristles but into the heads. The film closes in a workshop where dustpan brushes are made. The spikes are fixed into the colourful wooden handles that are then hung up on hooks across the workshop.

Title-The End