Sepia Saturday 124 – Small

Back in the 1970s when I was still a child, we would have holidays in Devon. We visited on several occasions the Model Village at Babbacombe. These are a few postcards from the late 1970s.
Fast forward from the 1970s to the late 1990s when I moved from my native Surrey to Devon. 
I now live about 9 miles from the Model Village there and of course, like most of us, never visit what attractions are under our noses. The Model Village always hosts a wonderful Festive display with fake snow and twinkle lights. We had planned to visit last year, as there will not be a Christmas display in 2012 in preparation for the 50 year anniversary in 2013, but we were unable to visit.
Here are a few festive photographs from our last visit in December 2006.

You can view the complete December 2006 set HERE
Taking part in Sepia Saturday

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationery & History; Surnames, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies. Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies/surname courses as well as Researching Ancestors from Continental Europe.
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9 Responses to Sepia Saturday 124 – Small

  1. What lovely pictures – the countryside shots are especially mesmerizing. You are so correct about never visiting and appreciating what is in our own neck of the woods. I live in South Florida where we have so many natural attractions and I never visit any of them. I only live 8 miles from the beach and haven't been there in years!


  2. Postcardy says:

    Miniature villages, at least the older ones, are really folk art. There was a lot of labor and craftsmanship that went into their construction.


  3. Alan Burnett says:

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  4. Alan Burnett says:

    What great photographs (old and new). I am sure that I have been to that model village – but it must have been during its early years.


  5. Bob Scotney says:

    I've only ever see miniatures made of Lego. Interesting but you would never mistake them for places like Babbacombe.


  6. Wendy says:

    If you hadn't commented on the fact that these are miniature villages, I would have thought they were just lovely REAL villages. I'd love to see one in person.


  7. Beautiful! I know that I would enjoy seeing it if I ever get over to your neck of the woods. I know what you mean about not visiting things that are nearby though. We take them for granted or something.

    Kathy M.


  8. Little Nell says:

    These are lovely examples. I haven’t visited this one, but it looks very realistic, especially the Winter scene.


  9. I love those model villages. Wish I could see that one in person. Especially in winter with the lights and snow. How beautiful.


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