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Download to Own - Look Around: 30.12.1960: The River Severn

Download to Own - Look Around: 30.12.1960: The River SevernDownload to Own - Look Around: 30.12.1960: The River Severn

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Film Description

This film made by ATV uses a voice over to describe features along the route of the River Severn beginning at its source near the town of Llanidloes in Wales.

There are shots of Llaniloes and a steam train crossing the river at Llandinam and the larger Newtown and Welshpool. Then follows an explanation of the high hump bridges over the river designed to allow sail barges to pass and the river moves into England, past a church at Melverley and the remains of a fortress at Shrawadine in Shropshire.

At Shrewsbury there are several examples of black and white houses as well as an old and new bridge side-by-side at Atcham. Next at the Roman site of Wroxeter our guide is John Hobbs, the curator of the Roman Museum at Shrewsbury. At Ironbridge we meet Harry Rogers who is seen paddling in a coracle. He is interviewed and talks about the famous bridge, building his own house and the decline of local customs and traditions.

We next cross the border into Worcestershire where we see the wide river passing Worcester Cathedral and the town of Upton-upon-Severn. At Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire we meet the local novelist John Moore who describes an accident which destroyed the Haw Bridge at Tirley as well as a murder in 1938. Moore talks to local landlord Mr Davis about the Haw Bridge disaster and to a Mr Gaskin (?) about fishing for eels and lampreys. Finally the film has shots of Gloucester Docks and the mouth of the River Severn looking out to the Bristol Channel.


Duration:  23mins
Black & White / Sound
Ratio: 4:3
Sorry, there are no subtitles available for the hard of hearing at present

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