Step back in time with a vintage film of events in Long Wittenham, Berkshire.
Roye England spent the 1950s making scale models of dilapidated English cottages, ready for his model village. He was the creator and founder President of the Pendon Museum of Miniature Landscape and Transport at Long Wittenham, near Oxford, which is still enjoyed by visitors today.
Hair Thatching (1958): British Pathé
When Roye England died in September 2011, the Independent newspaper published an obituary of the Anglicised Australian.
While this newsreel focuses on his creative use of everyday objects to construct his models, today’s viewers note the broken windows and abandonment of a traditional thatched roof cottage which would be worth a small fortune today.