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The model village is a masterpiece of outsider art, generally dismissed as ‘kitsch”; living in the same place in the nation’s heart as buckets and spades and soft ice creams.
Many of them are by the sea, surviving because of the tourist trade, and visited by hordes of grannies and young children. Unlike the piers and other seaside architecture, the model villages have to fend for themselves – not often getting the help of English Heritage and The National Trust.
But – in my view- we’re missing something here – these strange little villages, made of stone and cement are magical reconstructions of real life. They were often begun by an enthusiast seeking some form of self expression, and built with love and an attention to detail that only a craftsman can deliver. They represent something from a bygone Britain, where people built their own henhouses and knew how to…
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