The sights and people of Thaxted, including a vicar with a telescope and observatory in the garden.
Various shots of the village of Thaxted in Essex; the high street; the Recorder's House and the 15th Century Guildhall show the village's timbered architecture.
We see weaver Arthur Caton at work on a loom as we hear he produces ties by the traditional method; M/S of a rack of woven ties on a windowsill. Kate Butters, who works with Arthur, is seen carding some wool then spinning it on a wheel.
Various shots of The Reverend Putterill, Vicar of Thaxted's church, who is also a keen astronomer; he is seen fixing a camera to the telescope in his observatory, a little shed-like room in the vicarage gardens. The vicar operated the time exposure on the camera as we hear he has developed a remarkable technique for photographing the wonders of outer space. C/Us of his black and white photos in an album of the moon and the Andromeda Galaxy - truly amazing!
L/S and M/S of the disused windmill at Thaxted. On a country lane we see the vicar looking through his telescope at the church in the background. C/Us of the spire as if from the telescope, as commentator says with the use of his telescope, the Reverend Putterill discovered a severe crack in the spire. C/U of the vicar peering through the lens.
Note: on file is an article from The Times about the vicar and his telescope, plus details of the history of Thaxted from Mr Ceeney of Saffron Waldon Library.
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