MiniatureBuildings.co.uk : Exploring model buildings of all sizes and styles
There is so much about miniatures out there on the web.
I was looking recently on
one of the second hand trading sites and saw some model buildings
that looked nice. Not complete models but a bit more than
just facades. Digging a bit brought me to
Brian Wild's site,
dedicated to the work of Philip Laureston.
What you see below
is lifted almost exclusivly from Brian's
site - with his permission. Thank you. There is a lot more
detail on his comprehensive study of this particular workshop.
Part of a 1988 catalogue
In 1973 Philip Laureston began working under the trading
name of Philip Laureston designs. Before that he had been
operating, as the Lauriana Studio. His earlier work was
of animal figurines. His miniature buildings, with which
we are concerned, were first added to his range
in 1979. In 1987 Philip took over Babbacombe Pottery,
an established business in Torquay and began focusing its
business on giftware items rather than kitchenware. He remained
there until 1996 when the business was sold.
Apparently where it all began.
Model 1, the Mill,
later renumbered as 701
There were 3 main ranges of models plus some individual
pieces outside the main series. The 700 series was
basically generic cottages and pubs. The 800 series were
generally larger and more elaborate buildings and the
900 series are mostly models of specific buildings.
Pubs feature prominently
Brian's site provides a separate page with illustrations
for each model and I cannot hope to duplicate all that.
Here are just a few examples to whet your appetite.
Model 737, the Princess of Wales pub &
732, the Manor
Model 864, the Waterman's Arms &
874, the Anchor
Model 901, Portmeirion Campanile &
874, the Old Bushmills Distillery, an unusual piece
without a flat back
As always, write to
MiniatureBuildings if you have something to add.
David, March 2020