Newark on Trent in 1942

This is a lovely film from the British Council’s archive, called ‘Market Town’. I guess it was supposed to show people what life in Britain was like. It was filmed in Newark on Trent in 1942. Although Newark isn’t quite a typical market town. I remember being taken there on a geography field trip when I was at school, and told it was the largest market square in Britain.

There’s a great segment showing you a map of the river, how the road ran through the river valley, and why this made it a natural place for a town to grow up. I also like the man herding sheep on his bicycle (wearing a suit) and how everyone’s wearing hats:-). And the clipped vowels of the voiceover, as the man describes, ‘the country people’ as if they are an alien species…

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  1. Kerri

    I was born and raised in Newark (now live in Australia) . . . what an excellent, excellent video. Thanks !

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