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Pattern of Britain, The

Synopsis
Four films about the farmlands of rural England made between 1944-1947, looking at the countryside after the war and how it was changing fast as old ways were dying out, In each of the films, past, present and future in the regions of Britain are linked in a way which it seems will never be quite as important again.
Features THE GRASSY SHIRES - the farmlands of Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northants and Warwickshire; FENLANDS - The story of the Fens and how good farmland was created over the centuries by managing the peat bogs; CORNISH VALLEY - the remote inhospitable terrain tamed by resourceful and indomitable farmers and DOWNLANDS - from the chalk cliffs of Dover to the Cotswolds and the Mendips.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2006
Year of production
1944-1947
Subjects
Agriculture
Keywords
farming; rural communities; World War II; agricultural history

Credits

Director
Charles de Latour; Humphrey Swingler; Ken Annakin; Ralph Keene
Music
William Alwyn

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£16.33
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
65 minutes
Year
2013

Sections

Title
Grassy Shires, The
Synopsis
This film surveys the grasslands of Leicestershire and its surrounding counties and looks at how its famed pasture had to give way to arable production as part of the war effort and how this later had to be integrated into an overall farming scheme.

Title
Fenlands
Synopsis
Looks at the work needed to channel yearly floods in the Fenlands and retain the maximum acreage for crop growing. Also celebrates the laying of concrete roads throughout the area to counter the constant battle against mud.

Title
Cornish Valley
Synopsis
Looks at how the continuity of family traditions helps remote farms make the best of the often inhospitable terrain.

Title
Downlands
Synopsis
Looks at farming life on the chalk downlands of southern England.

Distributor

Name

Panamint Cinema

Email
cinema@panamint.co.uk
Web
http://www.panamint.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01505 834936
Address
Abercorn Schoolhouse
Whitequarries
Broxburn
West Lothian, Scotland
EH52 6PZ

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