The Costwold Craftsmen

Registered: ​15th July 1954
Duration: 25 minutes
Feet: 2303 feet
Board of Trade Certificate number: ​​​​​​​​​​AFF006970
Production Company: ​​​​​​​​​Harold Baim Limited

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1954 Arts and Crafts B&W

Title and Credits:
Butcher's Film Distributors Ltd presents..
McDONALD HOBLEY tells you about

Camerawork: Eric Owen
Produced by: Harold Baim

Information gratefully received from: Mary Greensted, October 2016
Chairman Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen guildcrafts.org.uk

The film begins with scenes of industrial England - possibly Birmingham

Chipping Campden, St James Church, High Street and the Silk Mill. The architect-designer C. R. Ashbee moved his Guild of Handicraft from London's East End to Chipping Campden in 1902 to provide them with more congenial and healthy living conditions

George Hart, silversmith who had joined Ashbee in Chipping Campden in 1902 at the Silk Mill. Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Court Barn have examples of his work

Rodmarton Manor, near Cirencester designed by Ernest Barnsley for Claud and Margaret Biddulph in 1909

Fred and Philip Gardiner, father and son furniture makers, Oakridge, near Stroud. Cheltenham has examples of their work

Duntisbourne Abbots

Les Groves, potter who set up the Taena Pottery, Upton St Leonard's. The Taena Pottery was a pacifist Catholic community that still survives, now based near Painswick. Cheltenham has examples of their work

S. H. Sandling, basket maker at Dudbridge, near Stroud. Gloucester Museum have examples of his work

The Whiteway Colony was an anarchist Tolstoyan community set up in 1898 near Stroud. Stanley Randolph, sandal maker, came to Whiteway from Norfolk in the 1920s

R. Hayes, saddle maker, Cirencester. This was a sizeable family business

Margaret Holgate, textile printer, Oakridge, near Stroud. She and her husband were also bee keepers and made honey. They spent the 1950s in the Cotswolds then moved to west Wales because crop spraying became an increasing problem. She made a name for herself supplying Liberty and Mary Quant in the 1960s

F. E. Banks, iron worker, Tetbury. This became a family business

All the makers featured were members of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen - then known as the Guild of Gloucestershire Craftsmen - and a number were founder members in 1933.

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