“A moving epic romance, written by an obviously talented writer” Orange-Pathe
Phoebe Langtry is the true story of the woman, who in 1812, built the only surviving working
windmill in Hampshire. She was a working mother, a good businesswoman abandoned by her
husband at a time when a married woman had no legal rights.
The film follows the fortunes of Phoebe, her wayward husband William and her son Will, who
returns from war traumatised. Phoebe was living only 5 miles from Jane Austen, but this world
was very different.
Events conspire to throw Phoebe together with John, a much younger romantic. John, however,
unknown to Phoebe, is married to Sarah, a young innocent who Phoebe looked after as a baby.
John’s father ..Mr Buckland …a gross, opinionated womaniser becomes the new land owner.
William Cobbett, the renowned radical orator and journalist arrives back from America to launch
his crusade for votes for all and workers rights. …and their lives fracture with the conflict of love
and livelihood, honour and passion.
The film is set against the riots, machine wrecking, famine and turmoil of the industrial revolution.
All the scenes are written around existing locations in the area, Bursledon Windmill, the
restored Manor Farm, Totton Marshes and Agglestone Rock
Bursledon Windmill built by Phoebe Langtry
Manor Farm: a working Victorian farm
Totton Marshes: A wonderfully eerie place. It’s tidal so the salt kills the trees.
Agglestone Rock near Studland: This is an anvil-shaped block of about 400 or 500 tons weight, perched on a conical hill which the stone has protected from the weather.