• Short Summary

    Villagers refuse to move and let their village die.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "SHALL LETCOMBE BASSETT DIE?"

    Letcombe Bassett, Berkshire.
    Long shot of a woman entering Arabella's cottage through gate. Long shot across fields showing Mr Barrett's cottage. Two people walking past in foreground. Long shot of Springhead cottage, woman going out of gate with bicycle. Long shot, looking up roadway between cottages - woman walking up to village cemetery. Close up shot of woman walking up steps into cemetery carrying flowers. Low angle shot of village church. Front of church with door open. Woman walks up to grave, arranges flowers and walks away. Close up shot of old tombstones in graveyard. Long shot of man walking down road carrying rabbits on stick over shoulder. Pan with the man as he walks. General view of Yew Tree Inn. Angle shot, 'Yew Tree Inn' sign. Long shot inside blacksmith's forge, man hammers on anvil. Close up shot of hands hammering red hot shoe on anvil. Woman walks out of pub carrying two pints of beer. Angle shot, man with glass of beer is seen in a window. Interior, two men talking while conversation carries outside window. Mr Barrett talking to blacksmith, who is filing down shoe on horse's hoof (natural sound). They discuss the price of keeping village where it is. Close up shot of smithy looking up at Mr Barrett, he speaks. Close up shot of Barrett speaking. Close up shot of 'Old Man Moss' (Frank Moss) speaking. Man nailing notice board regarding parish meeting. Close up shot of the notice. Long shot of main street in Reading. Long shot, Shire Hall in Reading. Close up shot of a sign over doorway 'Berkshire County Council Notices.' Long shot of Houses of Parliament. Angle shot, bell ringing from Parish Hall. Long shot of villagers walking up country lane to parish meeting. Pan with Frank Moss and wife. Moss limping. Back view, people going into meeting house up pathway. Pan with man walking up pathway wearing dungarees. Angle shot, bell stopped. Long shot of latecomer walking up to door to listen to Chairman Barrett. Long shot of latecomer pulling open door to listen to Chairman but man inside holds door and motions latecomer to stand quietly in porch. Man listening at doorway. Long shot of Arabella's cottage and countryside. Long shot of the village.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:35:58:00 / 01:38:31:00

Comments (1)

  1. John Stratford says

    The large white timber framed house near the church once was owned by my wife's great aunt, Florence Grimbley (nee Beechey) who lived there with Arthur Grimbley. They had a lodger who was known by the family as Uncle Nobby. The house was in the Beechey family for more than one generation. Uncle Nobby is buried in the churchyard next door and another relative (young girl) is also buried there. My wife visited the cottage many times with her parents (her mum was a Beechey) and remembers that the cottage was divided into two residences and in the other half lived Nobby. She does have several old photos of family members in and around the cottage circa 1940/50s.

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