Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
Document Type | Letter
17 July 1968
A revealing letter from poet John Betjeman, the writer and narrator of an episode of 'Bird's Eye View', to producer Edward Mirzoeff suggesting locations for filming. From hovels to castles, from country estates to industrial terraces, Betjeman gives his views on what makes an Englishman's home and why.
John Betjeman was well equipped to write and narrate 'The Englishman's Home'. As this letter illustrates, Betjeman had decided views about and great knowledge of English provincial architecture. This partly stemmed from his work on the Shell series of English county guides for the new leisure activity of motoring in the 1930s.
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