The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.
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Sudbury, Suffolk and District
Sudbury is steeped in history as a market town and in the wool and weaving industry. But its main claim to fame is as birthplace and inspiration to Thomas Gainsborough.
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The commentary on this film provides a very detailed history lesson on Sudbury and some of the surrounding villages mentioning its Domesday Book reference and its importance as a Market Town. Indeed, the opening shots of the Market Place show the gridlock of 5 buses including 3 double deckers - a sight which is but a distant memory now. Local reporter and film enthusiast, Richard Burn, produced this informative publicity film for his town.
We're taken on a grand tour of the town and outlying villages, some of which are described as "the prettiest villages in England". Thankfully, Chelsworth, Middleton, Kersey, Monks Eleigh, Cavendish and Clare Priory have changed little since the mid 60s and retained their special charm.