The English Model Village Of “Bourton-on-the-Water” Is Recursive

The 1:9 replica of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire was opened in 1937. It is so detailed that visitors can even view pews and kneelers inside church.

The English model village of Bourton on the Water is recursive

For the first time, a model village has been handed Grade II listed status by English Heritage.

The 1:9 replica of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, which was opened more than 75 years ago in May 1937, has been recognised by the body for its historical and architectural significance.

The actual historical village, known as the “Little Venice of the Cotswolds”, has a whopping 117 buildings with Grade II listed status – and now the model version has qualified too thanks to its authentic portrayal of Cotswolds style and environment.

The model villages are “recursive”: because the model village sits in the village it’s modeling, it contains a model village of its own. Zoom into the “model model village” and you will find a “model model model village” at the back. Look closer into the “model model model village” to find yet another “model model model model village”.



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