File AUD 14/6 - 'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman

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AUD 14/6


'On Camera: A Place to Live', presented by Jean Goodman


  • 22 Jan 1974 (Creation)

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1 reel of quarter inch audio tape (7 inches)

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01:17 (minutes:seconds) - woodman's cottage [at Felsham Woodside] in rural Suffolk, home to Angus Wilson, writer [Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson, 1913-1991, writer and university teacher]. AW describes to Jean Goodman reasons for buying the cottage, alteration made to what was two buildings, now made into one and the decoration in cottage. AW also mentions his book, 'Anglo-Saxon Attitude', (1956) and biography of Charles Dickens and his work at British Museum's library and at University of East Anglia.

06:02 - workshops off the main road through Watton [B1108], being converted by Dick Durrant, draper and owner of shop on High Street; who explains to JG why he is only now converting the buildings, which are described, together with four acres of land.

12:19 - golf club-house at East Mersea, Essex, converted into dwelling following Ministry of Agriculture's ploughing of golf course during Second World War, now owned by Bill Heigham, retired heating engineer from Colchester, with whom JG speaks. BH describes work for auxiliary coastguard; why he moved to the club-house; the isolation and JG describes the building and views and Mrs Heigham explains what she enjoys about the building.

19:53 - at inland mooring on River Ouse at Huntingdon, Mike Collins, former London journalist, describes his life touring inland waterways on thirty-six foot, ten ton sea-going cruiser.

22:50 - Worthing watermill [on River Blackwater, tributary of River Wensum], occupied and being converted by Gerald England, part-time builder and Barbara his wife, former French teacher at Fakenham Grammar School. JG talks with GE and summarises history of the mill, his passion for mills, why they decided to buy Worthing watermill and conversion process.

27:25 - JG summarises dwellings featured on programme.

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duration - 32 minutes 46 seconds: gauge - 1/4 inch tape: sound quality - good: speed - 7.5 inches per second: tracks - stereo

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For access use CD ref. SCOP 1/150 which can be ordered and listened to in the Norfolk Record Office searchroom (SCOP 2/151 and SCOP 4/151 for office use only).

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For information on Angus Wilson, see M. Bradbury, 'Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson', 'Oxford Dictionary of National Biography' (Oxford, 2004-6); for information on Worthing Mill, see

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Created 27/10/2005 by Drojd. Modified 05/07/2019 by Droip.


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