Lowland Village

'The description of a typical lowland village, Lavenham in Suffolk, once a centre of the wool industry. The Guildhall stands in the market place, surrounded by the fifteenth-century houses. Lavenham is both mediaeval and up to date. It lies in the heart of fertile arable lowlands, and on farming its life depends.
A brief look at the heritage and development of the traditional lowland villages of east England. Lowland Village focuses on the timeless local industries and the pervasive impact of agriculture to give an insight into the daily life of the various hard-working villagers.' [1]

Date: 1942
Duration: 09:39

Director: Darrel Catling
Production Company: G.B. Instructional
Producer: -
Cinematographer: Jack Parker
Composer: N/A
Narration: -
Editor: -
Sound Recording: -
Supervisor: G.J. Cons


Largely set in Lavenham, Suffolk.


This film suffers from a lack of any kind of soundtrack, and the narrative is given in fits and starts, with long shots of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing and ploughing.
The war is not mentioned at all. This is likely due to the film being a part of a 'geographical' education series (along with Coastal Village, 'Upland Settlement', and Market Town), which was intended to focus on such settlement types in general, with the British setting being relatively incidental, and the war irrelevant.
The overall impression given is of villages that are relatively unchanging but nonetheless charming and productive. There is a distinct bias towards the work of the villagers, rather than the community.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946