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Points West Archive Films

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Michael Canney with bridge keeper on swing bridge

Michael Canney at Frampton on Severn

Frampton gets the Canney treatment

Despite obvious parallels with the exploration of West Country towns by Poet Laureate John Betjeman, Points West reporter Michael Canney lent his own observational style to a series of filmed features reflecting communities in the West.

Judging by the number of West Country towns and villages visited by the roving Michael Canney, his expenses sheet for Points West must have been an impressive claim!

Manor Farm, Frampton on Severn, 1967

Manor Farm, Frampton on Severn, 1967

As well as Frampton on Severn, his perambulations took him to places as diverse as Urchfont and Calne in Wiltshire, Somerton and Weston Super-Mare in Somerset and South Cerney and Marshfield in Gloucestershire.

His reflective style showed these places in a completely different light, and perhaps revealed aspects of these often-familiar locations that beforehand had gone unnoticed.

In his visit to Frampton on Severn in 1967, Canney takes his map and sets off purposefully through the village, passing the village green, Manor Farm, and taking in a wander around Frampton Court.

Sailing at Frampton on Severn

Sailing at Frampton on Severn

Located on the banks of the Gloucester and Sharpness canal, Canney's report shows the opening of a swing bridge to allow boat traffic to pass through and observes locals and visitors alike making the most of the quiet surroundings.

Even the 'dead centre' of Frampton, with its tumble-down gravestones, is afforded some valuable film stock, making the point that even for the departed the area remains a pleasant spot in which to while away eternity.

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