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Old part of Norfolk town recreated in miniature by model-maker

PUBLISHED: 16:52 17 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:18 18 February 2019

Old photo of the yard as a comparison. Pictures: North Walsham and District Community Archive

Old photo of the yard as a comparison. Pictures: North Walsham and District Community Archive

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A dedicated model-maker is helping to ignite memories of life in a different time.

Photo of the model taken at a similar angle to an old photo of the yard as a comparison. Pictures: Richard CrossleyPhoto of the model taken at a similar angle to an old photo of the yard as a comparison. Pictures: Richard Crossley

A dedicated model-maker is helping to ignite memories of life in a different time.

Richard Crossley, 51, is meticulously putting together a miniature model of the Ship Yard area of North Walsham.

It takes him about 90 minutes to complete one of the 45 cardboard buildings needed for the display.

The Ship Yard area, behind the church, was demolished in the 1960s and is now the St Nicholas Court precinct.

Mr Crossley said: “I have always liked building models and I’m interested in architecture that is no longer around.

“I thought that if I could recreate this area as a scale model, 4mm to 1ft, it would bring some black and white reference photos to life.

“I started off with an Ordnance Survey street map, and got access to about 50 old photos, mainly from the 1930s. Where I could I have made buildings accurate, but certain areas don’t have so much detail.

“A lot of people remember that area. There were a lot of yards in North Walsham at that time. They were mainly named after pubs and there was a Ship Inn in that area.

Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil DidsburyRichard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury

“While some people remember those days with fondness there wasn’t any electricity and just outside loos.”

Starting just before Christmas, Mr Crossley hopes to have the model finished by Easter.

It will be about one square metre in size and he will donate it to the North Walsham Information and Heritage Centre in Vicarage Street.

Mr Crossley, who works as a graphic designer, added: “I have enjoyed it a lot. I would like to tackle other areas, so if anyone wants an area brought back to life, get in touch.”

Scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil DidsburyScale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury

He had access to many photographs from the North Walsham Archive Group, and he bought one online from Australia.

“It was an aerial shot of the town taken by a biplane in about 1930. I don’t know how it ended up in Australia,” he said.

Mr Crossley and wife Paula run their own firm, Rocket Design, at their home in Yarmouth Road, North Walsham, and have two children, Maisie and Jim.

Mr Crossley has asked for anyone with any old photographs or memories of living in the area to e mail him at scalemodels67@gmail.com

Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil DidsburyRichard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury

The former Ship Yard in North Walsham where the town's precinct now stands is being re-created in miniature. Picture: Neil DidsburyThe former Ship Yard in North Walsham where the town's precinct now stands is being re-created in miniature. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Graphic designer and model maker Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil DidsburyGraphic designer and model maker Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury

Graphic designer and model maker Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil DidsburyGraphic designer and model maker Richard Crossley is recreating a scale model of the former Ship Yard in North Walsham. Picture: Neil Didsbury



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