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Lilliput Lane was founded in September 1982 by David J Tate MBE as a competitor to David Winter Cottages. David Tate’s dream was to capture the architectural heritage of Britain in the most authentic, detailed miniature sculptures ever seen. The fledgling company began with just seven employees, three of whom were David’s own family.
Each and every Lilliput Lane miniature is completely hand crafted by skilled artists on the original site in Penrith where David set up twenty-seven years ago. The cottages are based on real buildings and many collectors enjoy touring the country lanes in search of the actual houses.
From photographs, the internet and sketches, up to forty different processes then follow to produce a complex series of moulds from the original sculpture. There is no room for error, as the original wax sculpture is lost during the the process!
Every tile, slate and flower is individually applied by hand to build up the different textures and details. Flexible silicone-rubber moulds are used to cast faithful replicas of the wax original in a specially licensed material called Amorphite™. Once this has set, the moulds can then be carefully peeled away to reveal every last detail on the cast model. After being sealed and dried once again, the model passes to a specially trained painter.
Up to thirty different colourways can be tried and checked for authenticity before a master version is chosen for each cottage. Every skilled painter has to match each of the models they paint to the master version, to ensure that each is consistent. Finally, cottages are baized and labelled, before a final quality check ensures that they leave Lilliput Lane in perfect condition. No seconds are ever kept; if they do not pass strict quality checks, then they are destroyed/
Now in its twenty-third year, the Lilliput Lane Collectors’ Club has welcomed tens of thousands of members from all around the world If you haven’t already joined the Lilliput Lane Collectors’ Club, then why not do so today?
Lilliput Lane miniatures
Annuals & Limited Editions
Britain in Miniature
Cottages - England
Cottages - Ireland
Cottages - Scotland
Cottages - The Isle of Man
Cottages - Wales
Décor Colour Collection
Diamond Jubilee 2012
Snowed, Illuminated & Movement