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    Long Wittenham in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire).

    Man measures proportions of a dilapidated cottage - its windows are broken. Mr Roye England makes scale models of traditional English cottages that are ready for demolition or just falling to pieces. He is creating a model village.

    Mr England is seen working on a model. He uses tweezers to move parts of his model. He uses fine sand from egg timers to represent soil, rubber sponge is used for ivy, card for the buildings, blackbird feathers are used for flowers etc.

    Mr England's wife and Wynne Morris turn up and Mr England asks his wife to cut a chunk out of Morris's hair. This will be used in the model to represent thatched roofing.

    Mr England has another project which is (surprise, surprise) a model railway. Another man - Guy Williams - is working on this project with him. Mr Williams gives the "thumbs up" signal to Mr England and he flicks a switch. Various shots of the model railway in operation.

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    British Pathé
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    01:17:27:00 / 01:20:34:00
    CP 205
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Comments (6)

  1. gary knight says

    I wonder if the model village was ever finished ? according to the clip it would be finished in 1983.

  2. jamied says

    "Long Whittenham" should read Long Wittenham. (Note that county boundary changes mean it's now in Oxfordshire, not Berkshire).

    "Roy England" should read Roye England.

    "Mr England's wife and daughter" - actually the girl is called Wynne Morris, and not Roye England's daughter.

  3. British Pathé says

    Thanks jamied.

    Gary Knight - we wonder about this too! Does anyone know? Or have a picture of it now? Send it in!

  4. philstubbington says

    The museum is still there. See If you're in the area, well worth a visit. A modern video can be found at

  5. lsa_blues says

    Pendon is a magnificent achievement and a lasting legacy to it's creator Roye England. Well worth a visit for the Dartmoor scene featured in this video plus the main deal - the Vale Scene. It's still not finished yet, but certainly getting there!

  6. davebuckel says

    Great to see this. Bit of corrective info. The girl is in fact Sandra Morris, Winnie\'s daughter and my mother.

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