Title ID 4598Collection ID606
TitleFocus on Hoddesdon
Date[ca. 1976]
CollectionRay Young
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeUrban Life
KeywordsBuildings Cars Companies Parks Rivers Roads Shopping Shops Street Trading Urban Areas
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRay Young
CameraRay Young
FormatColour Sound
Duration09 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Ray Young narrates his film about the town of Hoddesdon - showing shopping precincts, historic buildings, garden centres and outdoor markets.


Ray Young's film begins with the town of Hoddesdon's historic clock tower surrounded by the Tower Centre shopping precinct (completed in 1970) and high-rise flats. Filmed from the top of the flats, a new roundabout and further housing is seen and, in the distance, Haileybury College. Shots of Haileybury College and a list of notable alumni are followed by scenes at a local garden centre, Van Hagues. St. Catherine's church, St. Augustine's Catholic church and Broxbourne Parish Church are shown. Various scenes of the town include a children's football match, pubs and shopping streets. Shoppers are seen outside Bejam and at the Wednesday market. The exterior of Broxbourne Civic Hall is followed by the play area and landscape at Barclay Park. Scenes show Rye House followed by boats and anglers on the River Lee. After visiting the newly built A10 Hoddesdon bypass, the industrial estate is shown. The film ends outside Ray Young's photography studio.


A still from Focus on Hoddesdon (ca.1976)

Related resources

Ray had a photographic studio in Hoddesdon to be seen at the end of this film.