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Braunton Bulb Farm
Braunton Bulb Farm

Braunton Bulb Farm 1960

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Braunton Bulb Farm 1960

11 mins United Kingdom

The filmmaker is George Thompson of Woolacombe and the Braunton Bulb Farm is situated at Sandy Lane and owned by Seymour Cobley Ltd. The man at the beginning of the film wearing a Braunton cap and cycle clips is the man in charge of the greenhouses John Ackland, dipping the bulbs is Bill Baglole, the man loading the boxes is Alan Lamphrey, tractor driver Fred Hussell, lorry driver Harold Allen and another tractor driver Jim'Jazzy' Patterson. All feature in this charming film.

The farm grew a variety of flowers from bulbs for the cut flower market. Daffodils, tulips, iris and gladioli made their way to markets all over the world, including Covent Garden in London. The firm employed up to 140 men, women and boys, who helped pack 30,000 flowers per week into boxes that were then loaded onto trains at Braunton station. The Bulb Farm ceased trading in 1969.

The South West Film and Television Archive (SWFTA) is the regional film archive for the South West of England. Established in 1993, SWFTA's core collection comprises of the combined programme libraries of Westward Television and TSW (Television South West). The archive also cares for a significant number of donated film collections, both amateur and professional, dating back to the early 1900s.

Genres

Home movie Amateur film Non-Fiction

Tags

1960s Countryside Flowers

Released

1960

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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