Town Hall

Toytown Building
1920-1930 (made)
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A model house in a Mock Tudor style of two storeys made primarily of card on a wooden base. The first floor overhangs all around the building. The ground floor is covered with paper with red brick printed on it. The first floor is painted white with brown beams and supports. The roof is of corrugated card largely unpainted. There are two steeply pitched roofs each with a white brick effect chimney. A large sign on the front has the words TOWN HALL cut out of thick card and above this is painted a shield with a coat of arms. The doorway has an entrance porch with bell pull and electric light bulb. Two smaller coats of arms flank the outside of the porch. The building is hollow with the back cut out and open.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Painted and glued plywood and card
Brief Description
Painted wood and card building, the Toytown Town Hall, made by S G Hulme Beaman in the 1920s
Physical Description
A model house in a Mock Tudor style of two storeys made primarily of card on a wooden base. The first floor overhangs all around the building. The ground floor is covered with paper with red brick printed on it. The first floor is painted white with brown beams and supports. The roof is of corrugated card largely unpainted. There are two steeply pitched roofs each with a white brick effect chimney. A large sign on the front has the words TOWN HALL cut out of thick card and above this is painted a shield with a coat of arms. The doorway has an entrance porch with bell pull and electric light bulb. Two smaller coats of arms flank the outside of the porch. The building is hollow with the back cut out and open.
Dimensions
  • Base measurement length: 41cm
  • Including chimney height: 49cm
  • Base measurement (including doorway) width: 28.3cm
Marks and Inscriptions
TOWN HALL (on front of building)
Credit line
Given by Betty Billett
Object history
One of Hulme Beaman's own original Toytown buildings that he used for scene-setting prior to writing and illustrating his stories and plays
Bibliographic Reference
Hulme Beaman, S.G. The Book of Toytown and Larry the Lamb, London: Harrap, 1979
Collection
Accession Number
B.16-2000

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record createdJanuary 30, 2001
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