Day Out: Archive Films
Gwyn Richards: A Day Out in Wotton
Day Out: Wotton-under-Edge
Watch a BBC TV programme made in 1977 of a day spent exploring Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire...
Originally broadcast in 1977 was this charming half-hour television programme which took a look round Wotton-under-Edge.
As part of the BBC's 'Day Out' series - which visited a different Gloucestershire and West Country locale every week - presenter Gwyn Richards is seen exploring the area.
He begins by explaining how Wotton-under-Edge came to be an important Cotswold wool town, and how the town used to be part of the Royal Manor of Berkeley. We hear that the town was called 'Wudeton' in the Domesday Book and was supposedly destroyed by fire in the reign of King John.
We see inside Howard Mann's greengrocery and seedsmans shop which remains virtually unchanged since it was opened by his grandfather in 1906. Howard tells us that he still uses the old fashioned methods of selling seeds, and that he doesn't want to modernise the shop.
Betty and Harry Morley
In Market Street Gwyn meets local man Bob Woodward who talks about the recent restoration of some of the nearby buildings. Gwyn then takes a stroll along Long Street and he speaks to a woman who tells him how the locals pronounce the name of their town. We see inside Harry Morley's Hardware Store where Gwyn interviews Harry and Betty in amongst the gas cylinders, tools and boxes.
Round the corner we visit the Almshouse paid for by Hugh Perry in 1638. Then we see the Bearpacker Almshouses which were bequeathed by Ann Bearbacker in 1837. Gwyn chats to town newcomers John and Rita Stephens who have recently moved into one of the new houses from Bristol. John explains the advantages of being a commuter.
Gwyn shows us the unfinished mosaic
Gwyn then meets builder Bob Woodward again. Bob is in the middle of building a replica of the Woodchester Pavement - a Roman Mosaic found in nearby Woodchester - inside the Tabernacle Church. Four tonnes of clay have been used to make the 1.75 million individual stone cubes required for the complete mosaic.
Finally we explore the town's industrial history. Gwyn goes inside the New Mills factory, now largely empty and used for storage. We see the machines still in action at the mill which employs 250 people and makes elastic and braid for use in the fashion industry worldwide.
We'll be adding more archive films from the "Day Out" series in the near future - check back soon to see programmes featuring other Gloucestershire locations such as Stroud, Clearwell and Tetbury.
last updated: 21/01/2009 at 14:31
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Do you recognise anyone featured in the programme? What memories does it bring back?
Cynthia Wall (nee Palser of Wotton)