• Short Summary

    The model town of Wimbourne Minster in Dorset, set next to the real thing!

  • Description

    M/S of a street in the town of Wimborne in Dorset; a row of shops is seen including the Corfe Mullen Dairy as a man walks past. High angle M/S of the same street, tilt up to show we are in the model village of Wimborne as we see people in the background walking about the model buildings.

    M/S of another part of the model town where many people are wandering about; the real Cathedral is seen in the background; the model Cathedral is at the right of shot. Various M/Ss of visitors (and a rather reluctant dog on a lead) looking round the model town.

    M/S of the real King's Head Hotel; partly covered with ivy; cut to M/S of the model hotel as an elderly man enters pic and starts to trim the tufty ivy covering it. M/S of a boy looking at one of the model buildings; pan left to in C/U two shop windows; an upholsters' and a clock shop, complete with tiny model goods inside. Commentator says "This town-within-a-town is the brainchild of Mr C A Coffen, of Ferndown, and cost £10,000.

    C/U of the clock shop as a broom comes into shot and sweeps along the pavement; M/S of Harold Stroud "who acts as gardener, maintenance man, road sweeper and window cleaner", as he sweeps the streets of the model town. We also see him cleaning the windows and then a church pew from the Cathedral in a greenhouse. He climbs inside the Cathedral to replace it as some elderly ladies sitting on a bench watch.

    Panning M/S of the village; possibly the view from the Cathedral (?). M/Ss of children looking at the model buildings; then M/S taken from the height of the first floor windows of the model shops as the camera tracks along and stops outside Top and Boleen's Wallpaper shop.

    Note: On file are notes on the village and a small guide book about the model town. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    117.02
    Media URN:
    2842
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    17/10/1960
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:24:00 / 01:02:42:00
    Canister:
    CP 303

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