North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society
In 1839, the Middleton family, then Lords of the manor of North Duffield, placed the estate up for sale. The sale catalogue, of which we have a copy, describes every property owned be the estate and gives a good description of that property. The estate did not own all the property in the village but, nevertheless, this document gives a clear and concise account of what the village looked like in 1839.
Tony Stevens, our Secretary, has recreated the village as it might have looked in 1839. He has used '00' gauge throughout and the attention to detail can only be marvelled at. From pigs in the garden, to outside toilets and burnt down buildings, constructions in the joiners yard and much , much, more, nothing has been overlooked. Many trees and hedges are there, fences and thatched roofs, cartwheels and a blacksmiths shop. This model is a work of many hours intricate work and is a credit to his patience and ingenuity.
Whilst the sale document cannot give every detail and much of the model must, of necessity, be a little subjective, it would be very surprising if a resident from 1839, on seeing the model today, did not recognise his surrounding without difficulty
This model receives regular outings for history society and local events and is now in demand in other areas as its fame becomes more widely recognised.
All the photographs of the Model Village displayed on this site were taken by Jonathan Stockwell.
Model Village circa 1839