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Oyster Fishing at Brightlingsea
The big chill of the 1963 winter hits the subterranean Essex coast as oysters struggle to survive the freezing temperatures effecting our luxuries and livelihoods.
Short documentary 1963 13 mins
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With the coldest winter on record, the persistently low temperatures of early '63 was taking its toll on Essex oysters with many frozen into the ice. Anglia TV reports on the impact on the lives of Brightlingsea oyster fishermen, merchants and the traditional Oyster Feast.
Below 40 degrees, oysters won't eat. The 1963 season saw more than half a million oysters perish.
News 1964 11 mins Location: Colchester
Five elderly ladies, having received treatment for mental illness but with nowhere to go, now live together in an old house at Brightlingsea.
Amateur film 1950 9 mins Silent Location: Clacton-On-Sea
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
Amateur film 1938 16 mins Silent Location: Oulton Broad
Victor Harrison family film of the launching of the Yacht 'Elver' and its adventures at Oulton Broad, Brightlingsea, and West Mersea.
Amateur film 1939 18 mins Silent Location: Harwich Harbour
The escapades of the Harrison family, crew and guests on their yacht Elver in 1939 before the outbreak of World War Two.
Non-Fiction 1928 2 mins Silent Location: Brightlingsea
Gin, gingerbread and fresh oysters... a heady annual cocktail for the Mayor of Colchester as he opens the Colne Fishery
Amateur film 1963 17 mins Location: Wivenhoe
On the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightingsea, Guard Proctor checks for tickets as passengers share the wonderful view of yacht racing on the River Colne from their carriage.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
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