Mother Hubbard's Cottage 1960

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    Yealmpton, near Plymouth in Devon.

    Nice M/S of a large stone cottage with a rolling, sloping thatched roof; an elderly man walks across the foreground and there is a wooden sign at the left; C/U of sign reading 'Old Mother Hubbard's Cottage / Hand Woven Tweeds / Ties, Scarves etc. / Handicrafts'. M/S of the sign as a middle aged man and woman, Bill Ruel and Phyliss (Phylis?) Barwick, walk into shot and look at an old spinning wheel. Commentator tells us that this is where Old Mother Hubbard once lived.

    They then turn and look at the cottage; C/U of the chimney, the thatched roof and a window at the end of the house, tilt up to show the chimney. Commentator says that Old Mother Hubbard "was a local housekeeper who (with her dog) was immortalised by the nursery rhyme written by Sarah Martin while staying at nearby Kitley in 1804. This is the cottage to which Mother Hubbard is supposed to have retired".

    The man and woman, still outside, are now looking at various lengths of tweed fabric, made by Bill Ruel who is a local craftsman and displays his fabric in the cottage. M/S of two little girls outside the house; Pamela Ellis climbs onto an old rocking chair as Christine Dyer rocks it to and fro. M/S of the girls walking past the house with two women; one is pushing an unusual looking pushchair.

    It's a shame we didn't get to see inside!

    Note: On file is a leaflet about the cottage, a news article about how the cottage was to be pulled down but was saved by Devon County Council, and a copy of a letter sent by Pathe to the Kitley Estate Manor Office asking to film the story.

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    British Pathé
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    01:39:50:00 / 01:40:59:00
    CP 307
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    CP 307
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    Devon - Plymouth Craft BBC Learning Devon MH
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