Edward's amazing miniature Lake District village, made of slate

13 March 2014 EDWARD Robinson has created perfect replicas of 100 Lake District buildings – in slate.
The retired builder has spent thousands of hours on the project over the last 25 years.
He makes inch-perfect models of the Lake District’s most distinctive buildings, including Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top, Bridge House at Ambleside and Townend Farmhouse at Troutbeck.
Edward, 67, uses Lake District slate from Hodge Close, Coniston and Elterwater.
His tools are a diamond saw, a hammer, adhesive, sand, cement and a special chisel. The realistic moss across this land where he is giant, comes by special delivery from America.
All the buildings are faithfully recreated from doors to tiny slate roofs so that when March comes, his wife Kathleen opens their Oriental gardens to the public as the Lakeland Miniature Village in Flookburgh.
His collection even includes a like-for-like model of the impressive Kendal Parish Church, contributed by a friend.
Open to the public for 14 years and attracting around 6,000 visitors a year – depending on the weather – it’s a treasure trove showing a bygone Lake District.
“I wanted to put something back,” as the grandfather-of-two addressing why he has spent nearly a quarter-of-a-century recreating some of the Lakes’ most famous properties.
“I wanted to show how these buildings looked when I was a lad, rather than the plastic windows and everything you see nowadays.”
Rarely using any kind of scaled drawings, much of the designs are in ‘his head’.
“I’m not trying to be clever but I just have a knack somehow,” he said. “It’s just in me, I enjoy doing it.”
New additions this year include Windermere’s Baddeley Clock – the roadside monument halfway between Bowness and Windermere, as well as Yew Tree Farm near Coniston.
The Baddeley Clock model took three months to make –  using old photographs as he went along.
“It’s quite an icon, isn’t it?” says Mr Robinson. “I used to make them in my workshop but I’m too old for that now. In winter, my wife allows me to make them in the house, which is very kind of her!”
Kathleen adds: “I think they’re marvellous. It takes a lot of skill and patience. He’s a qualified builder and you can see he knows what he’s doing.”
And as a recent visitor commented in the guest book: “We have never seen anything like this before – it’s absolutely beautiful. The level of craftsmanship is amazing.”