• Short Summary

    Lavender oil production - from the field into the bottle. Very real - you can smell it as you watch!

  • Description

    Heacham Lavender Farm, Norfolk.

    C/U shot of face of a man smelling a bright violet lavender flower. M/S of another man picking the flower and smelling it. They inspect the flowers to see if they are ready for harvesting. Long panning shot of a vast field of lavender, growing in bushy ridges.

    "This could be a remote, sweet smelling vineyard lulled fast asleep by Mediterranean breezes" - says the voiceover. L/S of the farmhouse and the sign saying "Norfolk Lavender". Little country road leads to the farm. The farm belongs to Mr. T. E. Collison, seen earlier on inspecting the lavender.

    At the Heacham Lavender farm, warm-scented English lavender is grown to "distil its fragrant oils to make the most delicate perfumes... the Romans brought lavender in Britain and perfumed their baths with it... the experts would tell you that English lavender presents the true scent of the living flower better then any other variety grown."

    Various shots of women and men working in the lavender field, cutting and collecting flowers, putting them into baskets and taking the baskets away. Interesting C/U shot of the lavender being cut. Pretty shot of a little girl in the lavender field picking flowers. Lavender is put into sacks to be transported to distillery.

    Succession of shots in the distillery showing the whole process from the sacks of lavender arriving until the scented liquid pours into a jug - lavender oil. Some great C/U shots of the distillation process.

    Lavender oil, same as wine, matures and improves with age.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    195.12
    Media URN:
    3063
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1962
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:58:00 / 01:52:15:00
    Canister:
    CP 406

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