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Vicarage - Styles St. Mary

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I started a vicarage building using a kit from Scalescenes but I was not content with my choice. After some further research on the internet I found a floor plan of a vicarage building, dated 1928. I decided to use this plan as the start for my vicarage. Scratch building is totally new for my, so I have to see if I can manage the building of the vicarage. I also decided to give the building an interior. 




The ground floor I created in a more traditional Victorian way using planks and rugs. Kitchen, scullery and larder with red quarry tiles and the hall with encaustic tiles. The pantry rooms with a simple brown tiles.

I started with internal wall. On one side of the wall is the entrance door to the study and the entrance door to the drawing room. Wall paper of the study is a texture from internet.

Next step was the wall between the study and the drawing room.

In a description for the study the following items were mentioned: (family) paintings. cast Iron grate, book case. Other items mentioned are a large hardwood desk with a leather top with matching chair. Also twin leather chairs at either side of the fireplace with a small table by the side on which to put drinks or in my case a newspaper.


For the club chairs I used the 1:48 kit from Petite Properties that I scaled down. The chairs got several layers of red leather paint. I also made a side table. This is made from some scrap material Petite Properties. The side table is painted with a brown paint from the Citadel range. On the side table is a newspaper. This comes from a kit from Scalescenes. The vicar is a repainted Preiser figure.

I made the writing table and the chair using a kit from Fine Scale Building. The furniture is build

from thin drawing paper. Although I accept the result for now I have to practice this kind of small modelling. I have not made frequently furniture in 1/76 from card and paper. But putting furniture in all rooms gives me a good opportunity to practice. I think I have to search for the right kind of card.





The third wall has an iron-cast fireplace with mantle-piece mirror and two bookcases at both sides of the chimney. Texture are from the internet. I designed the bookcase kit myself using the Scalescenes method.




The study is finished for now.


Next job is the drawing room.


Suggestions and comments are welcome.


Thanks for reading and keep safe.







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  • RMweb Gold

As a former inhabitant of two Vicarages, Coleford, Nr. Bath & Highbridge, where my Dad was Vicar, I thought I ought to offer some assistance with furnishing ideas. We lived in those two vicarages in the '50s - '70s. You mention 1928 so things were a bit earlier in style, though not much more. Vicars were not well paid and most of our furniture was large second-hand dark wood stuff. Vicarages tended to be quite large and hard to heat. Coleford was freezing in winter, sometimes literally so. We had solid fuel fires in some rooms and parafin stoves in others. The bathroom had a single bar electric fire on the wall.

I have acquired a copy of a fascinating booklet extolling the virtues of electricity in the home. 'The All Electric Home' by Michael Egan. I have scanned a few pages with illustrations that may be of interest. It isn't dated. It is clearly between the wars, so would be relevant to your 1928 vicarage.

On the modelling front I have used laser-cut ladders from Scale Model Scenery to make dining chairs and other odd bits of furniture. I then discovered that they make a set of dining chairs and table. They also make armchairs - for first class waiting rooms or signal boxes? -

Fireside scene M Egan 1920s.jpg

GE advert M Egan 1920s.jpg

Harcourts Light fittings M Egan 1920s.jpg

kitchen scene M Egan 1920s.jpg

Table lamps M Egan 1920s.jpg

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Very nice work Job. Those photos from the study are wonderful, the furniture doesn't look like a first attempt.


Two pantries, a larder and a scullery. Interesting to reflect that many modern houses wouldn't feature any of those.


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It’s extraordinary, they were claiming “Electric fires for health & comfort” way back...  


and whilst we had the clean air acts of the sixties, now we’re finally waking up to the pollution caused by domestic heating, gas and wood.


if only we’d known!




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18 minutes ago, Simond said:

It’s extraordinary, they were claiming “Electric fires for health & comfort” way back...  


and whilst we had the clean air acts of the sixties, now we’re finally waking up to the pollution caused by domestic heating, gas and wood.


if only we’d known!




Yes, but where did the electricity come from at that time - coal-fueled power stations in the main, although hydro-electric was increasing.

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Phil thank you for your very useful information. Do you have any suggestion for my drawing and dining room? Also there is in my opinion a large kitchen. 

And the Brexit makes ordering in the UK much more expensive. Someone wrote that you have to double the price due the tax you have to pay.


Mikkel you are right this is not my first attempt . I have made an interior before. But this is really the first attempt to create realistic time based furniture, using furniture textures from the internet and making my own modelling kits.

I have to make a lot of furniture for the vicarage. Some one in one of the Facebook groups suggested to create the wall removable so you can see the interior if you want. Will see what I can do with that.




My 1950's kitchen in a terraced house in Caroline Street. Made a long time ago. 


With the knowledge from now we would have done a lot of things different. I remember I was impressed by Limits to Growth of the Club of Rome published in 1972. 

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I don't know what dolls house furniture retailers you have there. There are two that have been around in the UK for decades with similar names - Hobbies and Hobby's. While I am no suggesting that they have anything you could use in 4mm scale their catalogues might give you ideas. Our dining table was a circular mahogany one about 4'6" across with a central pedestal. The chairs were an assortment of dark wood types with upholstered seats. My mum had recovered them all in the same green fabric, so they looked OK together. We had a large mahogany sideboard - two cupboard pedestals with a three drawer top, with a small upstand at the back.

Our cookers were first a Rayburn and then an Aga - both solid fuel. Kitchen furniture was freestanding and again an assortment of secondhand tables and cupboards. The big white stoneware 'butlers' sinks, with wooden draining boards, would have been common between the wars, although I think we had progressed to a double sink unit base with steel sink etc.

I have photos of some of the furniture which I took at my parents' last, much smaller home, as we were sorting things out after they had both passed on. I don't want to put them on public view but would be happy to email them to you. My email address is philsutters@googlemail.com 

One rather odd suggestion is to look out for a cheap pocket chess set. The rounded pieces provide material for things like table lamps, vases, candle sticks, coffee table bases etc. all depending on the size of the pieces.

Best wishes


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