Doe Lea


Documentary about Doe Lea village in Derbyshire and its people whose lives are linked to the local collieries at Glapwell and Bramley Vale.





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Black & White / Sound



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The film is made up a sequence of images with a commentary conducted by villagers that is, in the main, a recording of a discussion about various issues affecting the community including the decline of coal mining, the links between mining and the village and the view by older residents that life is not what it used to be. We see miners on the surface at the colliery followed by images of the Victorian terraced houses in Doe Lea village itself and activity around the houses including children playing in the street. This is contrasted with more affluent and modern housing at nearby Glapwell. A discussion about the future of mining is illustrated by footage of a union meeting (including the future Bolsover MP Dennis Skinner) and shots of older miners standing about on a street corner. The film then shifts to the interior of a shop and follows one of the assistants as she returns home on a bus. She is subsequently seen with her family at home. We then see people buying fish and chips, views inside the miners' welfare club, teenagers dancing and finally a bingo night.


Camera: Stephen Hawkins and Michael Stevenson
Sound: Lynn Meadley
Edited: Lynne Roberts and Anthony Lane


The film was made by a group of young people who were involved in the Stainsby Arts Centre situated outside Doe Lea. Glapwell and Bramley Vale collieries closed in 1974. Doe Lea Colliery was privately owned and operated until its closure in the 1990s. Peter Ellis (later known as an actor in The Bill) was an uncredited producer on the film.