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Cockington Forge in Winter by Lilliput Lane, model LL3311
It is easy to see why we have chosen to model this picturesque thatched village, as tourists flock in their thousands to admire the charm of an almost lost bygone era Cockington seems to have preserved, in stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the nearby seaside town, Torquay.
Listed in the Domesday Book (1086), the unspoilt village of Cockington is now managed by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust as part of the Cockington Country Park Estate and visitors can enjoy the scenery by horse-drawn carriage rides around the area.
Spoilt for choice, Gary Kerkhoff chose three little gems of architecture to represent the character and charm of Cockington in his study:
The Forge, Weaver's Cottage, and The Granary - all of which exhibit vernacular features of the village; such as walls built from local stone rubble, with a smattering of plastered cob too, and steeply pitched thatched roofs. All three are Grade-II-Listed, as is most of the village.
Situated by the crossroads at the heart of the village, Cockington's famous forge, as we see it today, is believed to be late eighteenth, early nineteenth century, with origins dating even further back than that (some would argue to the fourteenth century). It is built of local stone rubble with a distinctive steep thatched roof overhanging the open work area to the front, which is supported by three sturdy posts. The floor is paved with cobbles and our smithy can be seen hard at work on both the winter and summer versions of this superb limited edition.
The pretty pink cottage at the top of the hill in our scene has been inspired by Weaver's Cottage, a charming eighteenth-century dwelling built into the slope. It has an attractive gabled thatched porch, and an irregular arrangement of windows, all of which are different sizes, lending it an informal cosy appearance.
At the bottom of the slope, Gary has placed The Granary, which is believed to have served the local watermill. Today, this has been much restored, but visitors can still see the archway of the original cart entrance which was blocked up during twentieth century renovations to allow for a large shop window. Note the unusually wide hipped roof section with three dormer windows peeping out.