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Brandon Knapping Films

Post by grendel on Thu Aug 09, 2012 12:43 pm

Thanks to Hugo Anderson-Whymark of I've now got the details for each of the films.

Probably late 1920s or early 1930s and originally entitled 'The modern counterpart of the oldest industry in the world. Flint knapping in Brandon, Suffolk'. The miner on Lingheath is Arthur ‘Pony’ Ashley, 1863-1946 (who finally retired aged 72 'under protest'), The chap emptying the cart is Frank Edwards, 1887-17 Jun 1945, The older man flaking is Frederick Edward ‘Fred Budget’ Snare, 23 Feb 1857-17 May 1934 and the younger man knapping is Victor Robert ‘Vic’ Edwards 1888-1953, Frank's borther. The workshop shown was behind the Coach and Horses, Brandon.

Late 1930s or 1940s. Victor Robert ‘Vic’ Edwards 1888-1953.

Arthur ‘Pony’ Ashley, 1863-1946 mining on Lingheath and Victor Robert ‘Vic’ Edwards 1888-1953 knapping.

Late 1940s, early 50s. Herbert Edwards, 3 Oct 1892-6 Dec 1973 and Bill Newton (knapper from c.1942 onwards). c2.56m Arthur George ‘Trixie’ Drewry 1904- 1966 knapping, other knapped not identified. Note the poorer quality flint after mining stopped in the 1930s and decline in the size of blades produced.

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