• Short Summary

    APART FROM BEING RICH IN BIRD AND ANIMAL LIFE, BROWNSEA IS RICH IN HISTORY. NOT?

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    APART FROM BEING RICH IN BIRD AND ANIMAL LIFE, BROWNSEA IS RICH IN HISTORY. NOT THE DREARY IMPEDIMENTS OF NAMES AND DATES, BUT RICH IN THE STUFF OF HISTORY - MADMEN, THIEVES, ROYALTY AND ROGUES (FILM UP) ITS NAME HAS NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH COLOUR, OR WATER. IT COMES FROM BRUNO'S BIG - OLD ENGLISH FOR BRUNO'S ISLE, BRUNO BEING LORD OF THE MANOR AT STUDLAND.

    AT ONE TIME IT SUFFERED A GENTLE INVASION FROM THE MONKS OF CERNE ABBAS WHO BUILT A CHAPEL AND LEFT A HERMIT THERE. SAID CHAPEL WAS RAISED TO THE GROUND BY KING CANUTE'S ROWDY RABBLE AFTER THEY'D FINISHED SACKING THE WEST SAXONS - NO CRICKET IN THOSE DAYS, JUST THE ANNUAL SACK.

    COME 1066 AND WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR GAVE BROWNSEA TO ONE OF HIS KNIGHTS, BUT THEN THE ISLAND'S HISTORY BECOMES BLURRED UNTIL THE TIME OF HENRY VIII. THEN POOLE'S CITY FATHERS, APPRECIATING ITS STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE, ASKED HENRY VIII IF THEY COULD PUT UP A CASTLE. A FOOLISH REQUEST TO SUCH A GUILEFUL MAN, FOR HE ACCEDED WILLINGLY - AND PROMPTLY ANNEXED THE ISLAND FOR THE CROWN. ELIZABETH THE FIRST INHERITED IT, AND GAVE IT KTO ONE OF HER FAVOURITES, WHEREUPON, IN THE WORDS OF A FAMOUS SONG, AS A WOMAN GOES FROM MAN TO MAN, SO BROWNSEA WENT FROM HAND TO HAND, A BAUBLE OF THE LANDED NOBILITY.

    IN 1772, THE FIRST OF THE ISLAND'S NOTABLE ECCENTRICS BOUGHT IT, MR. MAD BENSON. HE, AN ARCHITECT AND BOTANIST, SPENT A FORTUNE ON RESTORING THE CASTLE, AND IN A MAD BURST AGAINST THE ARTS, BURNT THOUSANDS OF BOOKS FROM ITS LIBRARY ON THE BEACH. SO PILLATED OF LITERATURE, THE CASTLE BECAME THE SCENE OF A FRIGHTFUL SCANDAL. IN 1815, SO THE STORY GOES, THE PRINCE OF WALES SOUGHT SANCTUARY THERE AFTER SEDUCING THE DAUGHTER OF A DORSET SQUIRE. INCENSED BY THE OUTRAGE AGAINST HIS DAUGHTER'S VIRTUE, AND HIS HONOUR, SAID SQUIRE PURSUED THE PRINCE, AND A ACCORDING TO REPOST; "GAVE HIM A HEARTY THRASHING NON-ONE APPEARS TO HAVE PREVENTED."
    NINETEENTH CENTURY WOMEN WITH PARASOLE SEEM TO HAVE AS MENACINGLY ERRATIC ASD TWENTIETH CENTURY WOMEN WITH CARS. A MRS. WAUGH IDLY, OR WAS IT WILDLY, SWINGING HER PARASOL, DUG A LUMP OF CLAY OF THE GROUND - CHINA CLAY. HER HUSBAND AT ONCE BOUGHT THE ISLAND, BUILT THE VILLAGE, A CHURCH, A HUGE POTTERY AND THEN DISCOVERED THE FINE CLAY DEPOSIT WAS ONLY A FEW INCHES DEEP. HE FLED.

    MORE RECENTLY, BROWNSEA WAS THE HOME OF SCOUTING, AND WAS BOUGHT BY MRS. BONHAM CHRISTIE, WHO LIVED IN REGAL ISOLATION IN HER EIGHTY ROOM CASTLE FOR THIRTY-FOUR YEARS - IN SPITE OF GERMAN BOMBS THAT PERIODICALLY PEPPERED IT. WILD LIFE ABOUNDED - BUT IN 1935, BROWNSEA WAS RAVAGED BY FIRE, AND SINCE THEN VISITORS HAVE BEEN BANNED. INDEED, THERE WERE STORIES OF INTREPID TRAVELLERS BEING ROUGHLY HANDED, AND EVEN TOSSED IN THE WATER. BUT NOW PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO VISIT BROWNSEA AGAIN. AND IF HISTORY BARES THEM, THERE ARE A HUNDRED PEACOCKS AND A PLETHORA OF OTHER BIRDS AND BEASTS: THESE AND THE BEACHES AND HEATH SHOULD PROVE ATTRACTIVE ENOUGH (CUT TO JEREMY) FROM A BAUBLE OF THE FIRST KELIZABETHAN'S COURT, BRUNO'S BIG HAS BECOME A JEWEL OF THE SECOND ELIZABETHAN'S COAST.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4Q6QUMIVHWIIURF1STX5JRLR9
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Q6QUMIVHWIIURF1STX5JRLR9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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