In the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire, England, lies the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Often referred to as the “Venice of the Cotswolds” because of the River Windrush that runs right through the village centre, Bourton-on-the-water gives visitors a taste of the beautiful English countryside.
But natural and architectural beauty isn’t all this village has to offer.In the tiny village,one of the most popular attractions is a tiny model of Bourton-on-the-Water, appropriately known as The Model Village.
It took local craftsmen five years to build and was officially opened on the Coronation Day of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the late Queen Mother) in 1937.And here’s the model village, complete with moss covered slate roofs, miniature trees and a tiny version of the river:
This really puts the size in perspective:
The attention to detail and craftsmanship is remarkable. In fact, it’s the first model village to ever appear on Google Street View! You can explore the miniature replica village here.
Because the model village is inside the real village the only way to make it an accurate model is to include another, even smaller model village. It’s a model, model village:
And of course it doesn’t stop there.Look at the back corner of this shot and there’s a model model model village:
You didn’t think this would stop ,did you? Look inside that model and you’ll find a model model model model village:
There it is:
You’ve probably realized this had to stop somewhere…but it’s fun to think about tiny villages getting exponentially smaller until they pass into the realm of the microscopic.
Finally, if you If you’re ever in the area, stop by Bourton-on-the-Water and check out the models in all their scaled glory:)