Market Town

'A film of market day in an old Nottinghamshire town. The roads are full of traffic, of country people bringing their cattle, poultry, fruit and vegetables. Farmers show each other samples of grain; they crowd the cattle market. A market town is the centre of the life of the surrounding countryside.' [1]

Date: 1942
Duration: 10:23

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

Length: 35mm: 1008ft. 16mm: 403ft.

Set in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

Following the development of a traditional English market town in Newark (Nottinghamshire), the film explores the importance of this central hub in encouraging buying and selling activities between rural and urban environments. This central exchange is summed up perfectly by the narrator who exclaims ‘some have come to sell their beasts, some have come to buy’, however it is not just beasts that are up for trade with vegetables, flowers, fine china and net curtains also available. The necessity of such market networks is displayed in the film, elucidating the positive impact on local agricultural business and the economic and social development of the countryside.
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946