Taking a look back at the past on a small scale

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For this week’s nostalgia pages, we’ve had a dig around in our archives and came across 
these four pictures 
of Eastbourne’s old model village.

In 1957, the parade ground at the Redoubt fortress was transformed by Benjamin White into a model village, complete with miniature manor house, market square and Abbey.

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Tonnes of soil were brought into the Redoubt and a river with running water was created.

For around 20 years, the village remained popular but unfortunately, the structure of the Redoubt suffered from neglect and alteration, and the attraction was closed.

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n 1957, the Parade Ground was transformed by Benjamin White into a model village, complete with miniature manor house, market square and Abbey. Tonnes of soil were brought into the Redoubt and a river with running water was created. For around 20 years, the Model Village was a popular attraction but unfortunately, the actual structure of the Redoubt suffered from neglect and alteration. ''Pictures courtesy of Eastbourne Heritage Service SUS-141004-093727001

n 1957, the Parade Ground was transformed by Benjamin White into a model village, complete with miniature manor house, market square and Abbey. Tonnes of soil were brought into the Redoubt and a river with running water was created. For around 20 years, the Model Village was a popular attraction but unfortunately, the actual structure of the Redoubt suffered from neglect and alteration. ''Pictures courtesy of Eastbourne Heritage Service SUS-141004-093727001