Thinking small

Tim Dunn is the UK’s foremost expert on model villages. His weblog, The Model Villager, is a bit sparse at the moment but he has an excellent piece on Bekonscot Model Village and Railway in Buckinghamshire in the latest issue of the C20 Society Magazine. Bekonscot claims to be ‘stuck in a 1930s time warp’, but as Dunn reveals, most of its structures date from much more recently and its current picturesque Tudor stylings actually replaced rather more modern models that were deemed out of keeping with the quaint miniature perfectionism of its owners. He’s also the creator of a superb map of the UK’s model villages, including one of our favourites, Tucktonia, which has long since vanished beneath a real village.

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