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Roland Callingham(left) at work building Bekonscott in the 1920's.<br />
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A fascinating collection of photos have come to light which chart the rise and fall of one of the great British traditions - the model village.<br />
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In their early 1970s heyday there were more than 60 model villages scattered across the country which were a feature of many seaside towns.<br />
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Sadly, the decline of the classic British seaside town led to vast swathes of model villages shutting down in the 1980s and 1990s since they were no longer profitable.<br />
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In a bid to preserve their memory, author Tim Dunn has documented the history of these lost model villages in his new book, Model Villages, and has also highlighted the model villages which are keeping the tradition alive.