Bekonscot in Beaconsfield , Buckinghamshire , is the oldest miniature park in the world 1 , 2 , 3 .
The park was created by Roland Callingham (1881-1961), a resident of the area in the 1920s . At the time, this man began to represent rural England through miniatures in his garden. The miniature train manufacturer Bassett-Lowke was hired to set up a rail network. The name of the park “Bekonscot” was chosen by Callingham after the name of the village Be a consfield and A scot its old village.
Basically thought of as a private place of entertainment, it was only after 1930 that its vocation changed to become a place known and visited by the public.
Notes and references
- ↑ Bekonscot – Historic Model Village : 2009, Page 2
- ↑ BBC – Beds, Herts and Bucks Just for Fun – Bekonscot Model Village [ archive ]
- ↑ Bekonscot Model Village on AboutBritain.com [ archive ]