Derbyshire Village
(Alternative Title: Upland Village/Settlement)

Still from 'Village Du Derbyshire'
'This film describes an upland settlement, Tideswell in the Derbyshire hills. Tideswell is built of local limestone, and many of its inhabitants work in neighbouring stone quarries. A hillside stream supplies power for the mills. Farms are mixed, but there is less arable land than pasture; sheep and cattle thrive on the upland pasture.' [1]

Date: 1944
Duration: 09:42

Director: A. Reginald Dobson
Production Company: G.B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: Jack Parker
Composer: -
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Supervisor: G.J. Cons

Length: 35mm: 1000ft. 16mm: 400ft.

Distributors: G.B. Equipments Ltd
Format: 16mm


The only copy of this film known to TIME/IMAGE has a French soundtrack.

Set predominantly in Tideswell, Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Village (Great Britain, 1944)
Educational Films, Geography
Distributors: G.B. Equipments Ltd
Producers: G.B. Instructional Ltd
1 reel 380ft / 11 mins
Format: 16mm, Sd, Black and White
UK Rights: British Council

Director: A. Reginald Dobson
Photography: Jack Parker
Supervisor: G.J. Cons

The film opens with a view of the outcroppings of limestone in the region and a map shows the situation of the village. After views of the whole village the camera picks out the old church with its sculptured stone and carved doors and local craftsmen are seen carving wood. Some information is given on the kind of farming done in the region and the local mill is shown. The villagers go about their work and we see a wall being kept in repair and blasting operations at the local quarry.

This film is incoherent and suffers from the fact that the first half is essentially composed of stills. There is scarcely any movement in it and only the commentary contrives to carry it along. The second part is more interesting and relevant; there is movement and we see things being done. The chief criticism of the film is, however, that in part it is not typical; Derbyshire is a limestone county and much is correctly made of that, but to show woodcarving as one of the chief industries in an “upland” village, or any “Derbyshire village”, is likely to leave too strong an impression on children’s minds. The essential thing is that here is an area of pastoral farming, with crops subsidiary to pastoral farming, and a wrong impression is likely to be left on the youngster’s minds unless the teacher realises this and acts accordingly.
Appraisal by the Geography Viewing Committee [2]
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946
  2. ^ Index to Vol. 14 NOS. 157-168 1947. p.g 134
    Films issued between September 30th and October 31st (1947)
    Monthly Film Bulletin of the BFI