Father and daughter build Lego model of Saffron Walden's market square
PUBLISHED: 08:40 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 08:52 11 February 2019
A father and daughter from Saffron Walden have built the town's market square entirely out of Lego.
Andrew Webb and his 9-year-old daughter Matilda spent their January evenings and weekends building a replica model of the town’s market square, including the library and town hall. The model, which measures 38x38cm, is now on display in the library foyer.
“Saffron Walden’s market square has many interesting historic buildings, not to mention the shops, thriving market and town hall. At the centre of it all sits our well-loved library. Recreating that in Lego is a great way to celebrate our town’s rich history and vibrancy,” Andrew said. “The library, which is under consultation for having its opening hours reduced, offers so much more than just books, there’s a Block Builders Construction Club for kids, an exhibition space, IT services, and it recently hosted a Harry Potter quiz night.”
The total number of bricks in the model is more than 1,000 and took a week to complete, spread out over several weekends.
It was built using Matilda’s own Lego collection - Andrew concentrated on the buildings and Matilda worked hard on making the characters and market stalls.
The model also features businesses such as Boots, Barclays, HSBC, Costa coffee, Seasalt clothing, Holland and Barrett and M&Co.
However, the father and daughter team don’t want to stop at this build. They have plans to involve other Lego fans in the town.
“This is only the first version, and so obviously we had to make a few artistic and architectural compromises to fit everything on to one standard 48x48 stud baseplate,” Andrew said. “What we’d like to do next is secure funding from the businesses around the square and town council to buy bricks to build a model four times the size. We would then donate to the town in perpetuity to celebrate ‘Love Your Local Market’ week in May 2019, as well as other festivals throughout the year.
“We’d also like to enlist the help of the library’s Lego fans, local school Lego groups and other children to help build it. If the businesses that call our town home and the town council can help with that, then that’s great, so do get in touch.”
The model can be viewed in Saffron Walden Library.
If you can help fund Andrew and Matilda’s next project, contact Andrew by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.