|The History of||
- the script
This is a working script intended to give shape to the filming. Clips from the film will be inserted on the web pages. Actual filming started by following the script then going off in directions suggested by the participants.
a special place for us.
[pan over representatives of each year group]
Seven years of growing
up, from child to adult, often described as the best days of our life.
[cut to line of 8 people representing the main characters. No need to have them all together, distant view of Hinchingbrooke or plain backcloth and pan left to right over-off each face. In turn:]
who first lived here)
Hyncel, Alice Wylton, Oliver Cromwell, Edward Montagu, Samuel Pepys, John Montagu 4th Earl, John Montagu 9th Earl, a pupil of Hinchingbrooke in 2002
to country park river Anglo-Saxon huts with smoking fire,
mangy dogs and man and his wife clad in sacking. He does not speak coherently
but throws a bone at the dog and pokes the fire while his wife spins some
wool or cooks]
The story begins in
the 6th century. Anglo-Saxons from what is now Denmark and north Germany
are occupying East Anglia following the collapse of the Roman Empire.
animation of name change]
An 11th century church is rebuilt around the year 1200 and becomes a priory called HYCHELINGBROK, which lasts until 1535 when AliceWylton, the last prioress, dies.
[cut to bones and coffins]
In 1538 Richard Williams
alias Cromwell received a royal grant of the priory with its church,
steeple, churchyard and house and all lands.
[cut to gatehouse and Green Men]
Ramsey Abbey to make the fine Elizabethan house of HYNCHINGBROKE surrounded by an open court where the nuns cloisters had been.
Overlap nunnery and House plans?]
Sir Henry Cromwell
was known in his day as the Golden Knight, so generous that he threw money
out of his coach to the people who collected to see him pass.
[gossiping character with local accent says ]
They say that one
day when young Oliver thats Sir Olivers nephew
was brought to Hinchingbrooke in his crib, a pet monkey picked him up
and carried him on to the roof of the House! [cries of he never
presented his Majesty with many rich and acceptable gifts: as a very great
and a fair wrought standing cup of gold, goodly horses, fleet and deep-mouthed
hounds. And at the remove gave £50 amongst His Majesties Officers.
[cut to Edward Montagu]
Edward Montagu, fought on the Parliamentarian side during the first Civil War. Charles I slept at Hinchingbrooke in 1647 as a prisoner on his way from Holmby to Newmarket.
[cut to Civil War soldiers]
Despite fighting against
the Royalists as a Colonel in Cromwells army in the first Civil
Edward Montagu helped
the restoration of Charles II to the throne even collecting Charles
from France when he made his return to England and on 12 July 1660, was
given the title Baron Montagu of St. Neots, Viscount Hinchinbrooke and
Earl of Sandwich.
[cut to library window pic]
A picture of his ship in battle remains in the stained glass of the library window.
[cut to still of Pepys]
Samuel Pepys spent part of his childhood in his uncles house close to Hinchingbrooke
[cut to Pepys House]
the local grammar school, now the Cromwell Museum, before moving to London.
Pepys is most famous
for his Diary, written during the 1660s and including references to the
Great Fire of London, The Plague, the return of the King following the
Civil War, and the renovations to Hinchingbrooke.
[cut to 4th Earl studying in the library and walking in the grounds]
John Montagu, 4th
Earl was known as the Insatiable Earl and he certainly lived an
[cut to still of portrait in Turkish garb]
and not only studied
the Turkish language but had his portrait taken in Turkish costume.
[cut to map of Antipodes showing place names]
Place names such as Hinchingbrooke Island and Brampton Island off Queensland, Montague Island in the South Sandwich Islands are evidence of Cooks thanks to the 4th Earl. In 1774 the Earl entertained a Polynesian named Omai at Hinchingbrooke, where Omai made a barbecue from heated stones in the grounds and cooked mutton for the family.
[cut to string quartet in library, featuring gothic windows at east end]
The Earls wife
was declared insane in 1755 and he took as a mistress 17-year old Martha
Ray who lived with him at Hinchingbrooke as husband and wife for seventeen
years, while they had five children. The Earl was a leading light in reviving
early music, particularly the work of Handel for which he arranged a hugely
successful centenary celebration.
[cut to modern school with pupils]
with the Lower School
moving from its site on the other side of Brampton Road in 199x.
[cut to happy pupils waving and fade out to credits]