Country Town - A Typical English Town

'This historic Lincolnshire town, an inland port, has its up-to-date buildings as well as its ancient church and Guildhall. In the busy Market Square farmers buy and sell cattle. Local industries include fruit and vegetable canning. ‘Country Town’ is a centre of agriculture, industry and commerce.' [1]

Date: 1943
Duration: 15:16

Director: Julian Wintle
Production Company: Verity Film
Producer: Max Munden
Cinematography: A. T. Dinsdale, & John Havinden
Composer: William Alwyn
Narration: Philip Robinson
Editor: -
Sound Recording: Charles Tasto
Script: Max Munden

The Newspaper Editor: Philip Robinson

Distributor: M.G.M.
Sydney Box in charge of production.
Produced at Merton Park Studios.

Still from 'Country Town' - Taken from 'Films of Britain 1947-50'
Set in Boston, Lincolnshire, this short film aims to introduce the viewer to a typical, thriving, market town. Narrated by the friendly local newspaper editor, County Town focuses on the themes of community and industry, gently and genially exploring the changes brought about by World War 2.

This film is set in the town of Boston, Lincolnshire (identifiable by the often-shown tower of St Botolph's church, known locally as 'The Stump'), though no names are given in the film. Whilst the effects of the war are often mentioned, it is often as an aside, or presented as a positive change for the area. This film strongly promotes country living, presenting the town's inhabitants as hard-working, but happy. It also portrays the town as making a real contribution to the war effort, along with those who have moved out from the cities to live there.

It is speculated that the newspaper editor, credited as Philip Robinson, may actually be the editor of the Lincolnshire Standard, as the paper was/is owned by the Robinson family.
The man walking towards St Botolph's at the beginning of the film has been identified by the local parish committee as Mr Holton. He was the Clark of Works during the 1920’s / 1930’s restoration of the church, and then stayed on as the verger thereafter. He is depicted in vergers robes and can also be seen in one of the church's stained glass windows as a figure clad in green, holding books.

Country Town
Certificate: U
Distributors: M.G.M.
Producers: Verity Films
1430ft / 16mins
Life and industry in a Lincolnshire town. Produced for the British Council.[2]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43
  2. ^ New Short Films Issued between January 21 and February 20 [1945]
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI