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.
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Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
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Clive Gunnell visits Nettlecombe Court located near the Brendon Hills in Exmoor National Park which has just become a natural history centre for field sciences. The existing mansion house, church and parkland are sixteenth-century Elizabethan, Tudor and Georgian but archaeologists have discovered Viking remains dating to 900. The Great Hall is immortalised in the British film adaptation of the Henry Fielding novel Tom Jones (1963) starring Albert Finney.
Netelcumbe belonged to Godwin, Earl of Wessex and father of Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson and passed to Harold’s son Prince Godwin. After Harold’s defeat to the Norman William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Saxon nobles lost their lands. In 1160 Henry II granted Nettlecombe to Hugh de Ralegh and it has remained in direct blood heirs of the de Ralegh family including Whalesburgh, Trevelyan and Wolseley, never having been bought or sold. It became St. Audries Preparatory School after the Second World War and from 1967 is the Leonard Wills Field Centre established by the Field Studies Council which was set up in 1943 to promote the study of living plants and animals in a natural environment.