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Hobbies of Dereham Dolls Houses and Wallpapers, 1968-2014 by Rebecca Green

History

Dolls Houses designed by Ivan Stroulger, 1968-1977

Dolls Houses from Hobbies (Dereham) Ltd, 1978 on

Dolls House Papers sold by Hobbies

 

In the March 2014 issue of this magazine, I described how the firm of Hobbies was wound up in 1968. One of the employees made redundant when that happened was Ivan Stroulger, who had begun working for the firm in 1936. Born in Norfolk, Ivan had started fretwork as a school boy, and had bought his wood and fretwork blades from the Hobbies Supply Depot in Dereham. His first job was with a chemist, but as well as fretwork, he sketched, drew and did some sign-writing. He expressed interest in joining the Hobbies drawing office, but as there were no vacancies, and Ivan also had experience of shop work, he was offered a job in a London branch of Hobbies. After 6 months in London, he was appointed as first assistant of the Manchester branch, and then in 1953, he moved from Manchester back to Dereham to take up the position of Buyer and Supply Manager. He continued as a manager at Hobbies head office in Dereham until 1968, when he found himself without a job.

      

Ivan Stroulger, right, with the last managing director of Hobbies Ltd, Mr Gerard Master, at the opening of the Hobbies Museum in 1993. Photo © Robert Stroulger; scanned with his permission from The Hobbies Story by Terry Davy.

His son Robert Stroulger writes (pc) that it took great courage on his father’s part to plough all his redundancy money into re-starting Hobbies from his own back garden shed in 1968, when he was in his 50's. After years of shop and managerial work, Ivan Stroulger started designing models himself. Initially, he designed and made kits for four doll’s houses (a Chalet, Windmill, Pixie, Gypsy Caravan), as well as a fort and a garage.

For a short time, while Hobbies were still trading and clearing their stocks, Ivan Stroulger was able to sell his kits through Hobbies’ mail order facilities.

He then formed his own company, called Dereham Handicraft Company, in 1968. In partnership with Norman Lambert, formerly of the Hobbies drawing office, Ivan Stroulger also started another company called Hobby Trends at some point before 1970. The partnership did not continue, and in 1975 Ivan formed Hobbies and Handicrafts (Dereham) Ltd. Catalogues of the kits he had designed were issued under all these names.

Ad in Do It Yourself magazine, December 1975, for the 1975 DHC Handbook from Hobbies & Handicrafts (Dereham Limited). 

 

Ads for Hobbytrends Annuals of 1972 and 1975/76, in Do It Yourself magazines of December 1971 and December 1975. 

 

Some of Ivan Stroulger’s doll’s house designs were also sold through the Hobby’s catalogues: the Chalet Doll’s House and the Anglian Doll’s House both appear in the Hobby’s 1976/77 catalogue. 

Illustration of DHC kit of the Chalet Dolls House from the 1976/77 Hobby's Annual

 

The Anglian, the Chalet, the Executive and the Town House, as well as a Bungalow and a Block of Flats, were also published in issues of Do It Yourself and Practical Woodworking magazines between 1970 and 1975, giving Hobbytrends’ contact details for purchasing kits. (I only have a few issues of these magazines, and there may have been other Hobbytrends / DHC models featured in them which I am unaware of).

 

Dolls houses designed by Ivan Stroulger featured in the magazines Practical Woodworking (November 1970) and Do It Yourself  (December 1971 and December 1975)

 

In late 1977, Ivan Stroulger applied to have the old Hobbies trade mark assigned to him, plus patents and copyright. He was successful, and the transfer occurred in early 1978. In mid 1978, he issued the first edition of the new Hobbies Handbook. He was later joined in the company by his sons Robert and John. 

Left: Ad for Hobbies 1981-82 Handbook in Practical Woodworking, December 1981. Right: John, Ivan and Robert Stroulger outside the Hobbies Craft Centre and Museum of Fretwork ca 1998. Photo © Robert Stroulger; scanned with his permission from The Hobbies Story by Terry Davy.

Ivan Stroulger continued to design dolls houses. Unfortunately, I have copies of only some of the new Hobbies Handbooks (the editions of 1982-83, 1984-85, 1987 - 1993 and 1995, then 2006-2011). Over 20 doll’s houses, 1 farm and 1 shop appear in them; other designs may have been available in the missing years, particularly between 1978-1983 and after 1995.

Hobbies' 12th scale model houses pictured in the 1992 Hobbies Handbook

In 2005, Hobbies was sold to new owners, with all copyrights and trade marks (including the distinctive logo). After continuing at Dereham for a couple of years, new headquarters and a new shop were established at Raveningham, on the other side of Norwich from Dereham. Hobbies Handbooks since 2006, and the new Hobbies website, still carry Hobbies’ plans for many of the dolls houses, although 2009 was the last year that 16th scale plans were available.  Hobbies now also sells ready to assemble doll house kits from Barbara’s Mouldings and Streets Ahead, perhaps an indication that many customers now would prefer not to spend time cutting wood (or MDF or plywood) before building their dolls house.

In 1993, Robert Stroulger had set up a Hobbies Museum in Dereham. The contents of the museum, as well as the archive of Hobbies’ designs, were also sold to the new owners, and are now in storage.

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Dolls Houses designed by Ivan Stroulger, 1968-1977

The first four dolls houses designed by Ivan Stroulger in 1968 were the Chalet dolls house, the Windmill dolls house, the Pixie dolls house, and the Gypsy Caravan dolls house. The Chalet was later published in Practical Woodworking magazine in 1970, and also sold through Hobby's by Dereham Handicraft Company in 1976. The other three, however, I know only from photos in The Hobbies Story, a history of Hobbies published in 199x. The photos in the book were supplied by Robert Stroulger, and are reproduced here with his permission.

Ivan Stroulger's Chalet Dolls House, shown on the cover of Practical Woodworking magazine, November 1970. The kit, DHC 802, could be bought from Hobbytrends, Dereham.

 

The interior of the Chalet Dolls House, as shown in Practical Woodworking magazine, November 1970.

 

The Chalet Dolls House, No 802, in the 1976 Hobby's Annual.

 

The Windmill Doll's House, designed by Ivan Stroulger, as shown in The Hobbies Story. Photo © Robert Stroulger, reproduced with permission.

 

 The Pixie Doll's House, designed by Ivan Stroulger, as shown in The Hobbies Story. Photo © Robert Stroulger, reproduced with permission.

 

The Gypsy Caravan Doll's House, designed by Ivan Stroulger, as shown in The Hobbies Story. Photo © Robert Stroulger, reproduced with permission.

 

In 1969, the range contained two of these dolls houses, the Chalet and the Pixie, and three new designs: the Manor, the Lynn, and the Anglian.

Like the Chalet dolls house, the Anglian was published in a magazine - in this case, the December 1971 issue of Do it yourself magazine, and was also sold through Hobby's, appearing in the 1976 Hobby's Annual along with the Chalet. 

 

The Anglian Dolls House, as shown in Do it yourself magazine, December 1971. Above: exterior, below: interior.

 

 

The Anglian Dolls House, No 809, as it appeared in the 1976 Hobby's Annual.

 

While the Anglian, as far as I know, did not appear in Hobbies Handbooks from 1982-1995, it did appear in the 2006-2008 Hobbies Handbooks. It was probably reintroduced at some point before the sale of Hobbies in 2005.

Anglian Dolls House, No 755, from the Hobbies 2008 Handbook.

16th scale. Size 24" w x 10" d x 18" h (61 x 24 x 44.5 cm)

Available from sometime between 1996-2005, until 2008

 

I have not seen a named illustration of the Lynn dolls house. However, I suspect that it was probably the model shown on the cover of the DHC Handbook for 1975 (shown above in an ad from Do it yourself magazine, December 1975). That model - and indeed the photograph of it - is identical to the Alison dolls house, No 753, in the 1982-83 Hobbies Handbook. The design is very similar to that of the Lindy play house, previously available from Hobbies from 1963-1968.

 

The Alison Doll's House, No 753, as shown in the 1984-85 Hobbies Handbook, was probably the Lynn doll's house of 1969, renamed.

 

The Alison was redesigned in 1993. The new version was still available until 2008.

 

No 753, the Alison Play House, as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook.

16th scale. Height 31", size of rooms 9" x 14". 

New design available 1993-2009.

 

I do not know what the third of the new 1969 designs, the Manor, looked like.

At least three new designs appeared in 1970. The Executive and The Town House were both published in the December 1970 issue of Practical Woodworking. In style and in size, they were similar - both to each other, and to the Anglian. The Executive was described as "of pleasant contemporary appearance ... the type of house one would expect to be occupied by a prosperous businessman", while, although the Town House has "the same basic shape, the different arrangements of doors and windows make [it] more suited to an urban situation". Kits of parts for building the dolls houses were available from Hobbytrends in Dereham.

The Executive, as shown in Practical Woodworking, December 1970. Five rooms, plus integral carport. Sliding back.

16th scale. Size 24" w x 18" d x 18" h.

 

The Town House, as shown in Practical Woodworking, December 1970. Five rooms, plus integral garage. Sliding back. The left and right sides of the first floor are set slightly back, forming a small balcony on each side.

16th scale. Size 24" w x 14" d x 18" h
 

A Tudor dolls house was also introduced in 1970. Unfortunately, I only know of it from an ad for the 1970/71 Hobbytrends Annual in the same issue of Practical Woodworking from December 1970.

 

Another dolls house appeared on the cover of Hobbytrends Annual for 1975'76, advertised on the same page of the December 1975 issue of Do it yourself magazine as the DHC 1975 Handbook showing the Lynn/Alison dolls house, shown above. It also has some similarities to the Executive, Town House and Anglian dolls houses, but appears to have fewer internal rooms, and an attached but external carport with its roof forming a terrace.

 

Unknown dolls house on the cover of Hobbytrends Annual, 1975/76, as advertised in Do it yourself magazine, December 1975.

 

The same issue of Do it yourself magazine from December 1975 presents two other Hobbytrends dolls houses, a bungalow and a block of flats. 

Hobbytrends bungalow dolls house, as shown in Do it yourself magazine, December 1975.

 

Hobbytrends block of flats dolls house, with a working, hand-operated, lift, as shown in Do it yourself magazine, December 1975.

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Dolls Houses from Hobbies (Dereham) Ltd, 1978 on

Ivan Stroulger issued the first new Hobbies Handbook in August 1978. As I mentioned, the earliest of these new Handbooks which I have is for 1982-83, so there are four years for which I have no information about the dolls houses available.

Seven dolls houses and one farm appear in the 1982-83 Hobbies Handbook. No 753, the Alison Play House, has already been shown above, as I think it was the Lynn dolls house under a new name. The others were the Sandringham, the Dreamholme, the Tudor, the Regency, the Kathryn, the Victorian, and the Jonathan Farm.

 

No 751, the Sandringham Dolls House, as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook. This opened with a sliding back.

16th scale. Base 34" x 12", height to chimney 23". 

Available 1982/3 (or earlier) - 2008.

 

The Dreamholme shared a name with the earlier Hobbies RTA 14, available 1964-1968, but only vaguely resembled it. This Dreamholme was hinged in the middle, so that it would open out in two halves, with two rooms on the ground floor of each side, and a small attic room on each side too.

No 752, the 'Dreamholme' Doll's House, as shown in the 1984-85 Hobbies Handbook.

16th scale. Base 30" x 20", height to chimney 18". 

Available 1981/82 (or earlier) - 1991

It is probably the 'Dreamholme' dolls house opened out which is pictured on the cover of Hobbies 1981-82 Handbook, as shown in an ad in Practical Woodworking magazine, December 1981.

 

No 754, the Tudor Doll's House, as shown in the 1984-85 Hobbies Handbook. This opened with a sliding back.

16th scale. Size 27" x 14" x 22" high. 

Available 1982/83 (or earlier) - 1993

 

By 1995, the Tudor Dolls House had been redesigned so that it was now front opening. This new design was issued as No 752 (the number previously assigned to the Dreamholme, which had not been available since 1991.) As well as using the new Hobbies windows, it had an upper floor with projections on both fronts and both side. The Handbook explained that "although there are detailed features in this doll's house, construction is quite straight forward."

 

No 752, the front opening New Tudor Doll's House, as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook

16th scale. Size 28" x 14" x 22" high. 

Available 1995 (or possibly 1994) - 2007

 

At some point between 1995 and 2005, the Tudor was redesigned again, this time in 12th scale. The opening front panels, and the projecting areas at front and side of the first floor, remain. Until 2007, both the 12th and 16th scale versions were available.

 

 

No 891, The Tudor Dolls House, as shown in the Hobbies 2008 Handbook.

12th scale. Size 30" x 15" x 28 ½"

Published sometime between 1996-2005, available until 2008.

 

The Regency Doll's House, like the Tudor, was first designed with a sliding back in the early 1980s (or possibly late 1970s), and then updated to have a hinged front, and released under a new design number, in the early 1990s. The new design was in 12th scale, and it was described as the largest in the range.

No 755, the Regency Doll's House, as shown in the 1984-84 Hobbies Handbook. This opened with a sliding back.

16th scale. Base 33" x 15", height to chimney 22"

Available 1982/83 (or earlier) - 1991

 

No 793, the updated Regency Doll's House with triple hinged front. Above, the exterior as shown in the 1992 Hobbies Handbook; below, the interior as shown in the 1992 Hobbies Handbook.

12th scale. Size 36" w x 16" d x 25" to height of chimney.

 Available 1992 - 2014

These plans were also issued free with Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine, Issue 39, September 1997.

 

The Kathryn Doll's House, like the Dreamholme, was more in the tradition of play dolls houses than the Tudor, Regency or Victorian dolls houses. It was hinged in the centre of the back so that it swung open in two halves for play. The garage was separate. It was not redesigned, and was available until 1995 (or possibly later - as I have no Hobbies Handbooks between 1995 and 2006, I am not certain of the year when designs were discontinued during this period).

 No 756 Kathryn Doll's House, hinged in two halves to swing open for play. Separate garage. As shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook.

 16th scale. Size of house 24" x 12" x 23" high, base 36" x 18".

Available 1982/83 (or earlier) - 1995 or later.

 

The Victorian Doll's House was the first to be issued in 12th scale. It appears in the 1982/83 Hobbies Handbook, which explains that it is "designed for the keen collector of 1/12th scale furniture, or as a play house for young people." A design for a set of Chippendale-style dining room furniture in 12th scale was also available in that year's Handbook, and more were to be added during the year ready for the next Handbook.

 

No 791 Victorian Doll's House, as shown in the 1984/85 Hobbies Handbook. Above, exterior; below, interior.

12th scale. Size 29" w x 15" d x 37" to height of chimney.

Available  1982/83 (or earlier) - 1991

 

An updated design (No 794) for the Victorian dolls house was issued in 1992, the same year the new Regency design was issued. As the Victorian was already in 12th scale, the dimensions did not change. The differences include ready-made windows, rather than acetate and stripwood being provided to make them, a new door, and two pilasters added to the front. 

 

 No 794 Victorian Model Doll's House. Above, exterior as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook; below, interior from the 1992 Hobbies Handbook.

12th scale. Size 29" w x 15" d x 37" to height of chimney.

Available  1992 - 2014

These plans were also issued free with Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine, Issue 40, October 1997.

 

 

The Jonathan Farm continued the tradition of Hobbies Model Farms from the late 1930s, and the 1950s-60s. It is not strictly speaking a dolls house, but I include it here as the earlier model farmhouses have been found used as dolls houses.

 

No 761, Jonathan Farm, as shown in the 1984/85 Hobbies Handbook.

Approx 1:40 scale. Size of baseboard 24" x 18"; farmhouse ca 10" wide.

Available 1982-83 (or earlier) - 2014

 

Two dolls houses appear in the 1984/85 Hobbies Handbook which are not in the 1982/83 edition. These are the Carla dolls house for fashion dolls, No 770, and the Edwardian dolls house, No 792.

The 1982/83 Handbook does include a design for Fashion Doll's Furniture, No 767 - perhaps the Carla had been available in earlier years, or perhaps (as the numbering would suggest) the furniture plans were available before the house plans. Basically an open box shape, it had a front door, balcony and awning on the side, as well as a balustrade around the roof, to give it architectural interest.

 

No 770 'Carla' Doll's House for fashion dolls, as shown in the 1984/85 Hobbies Handbook.

1/6th  scale. Height 48", size of rooms  20" x 15".

Available 1984/85 - 1995.

 

The Edwardian Doll's House was the second, after the Victorian, to be issued in 12th scale. It was redesigned from Hobbies No 93 Special, from the 1917 Hobbies Handbook, and adapted to take Hobbies moulded plastic windows. The whole front was removed in one piece, "as in museum pieces", being attached by hook and eye fastenings at each side.

 

No 792 Edwardian Doll's House. Above, exterior as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook; below, interior as shown in the 1984/85 Hobbies Handbook.

12th scale. Size 36" x 18" x 32" to height of chimney.

Available 1984/85 - 1995 (or later)

 

 

Some modifications were made to this design in the late 1990s, as we can see from an ad for the Hobbies 1999 Annual, which appeared in Dolls House and Miniature Scene in December 1998.

 

Further modifications were made in the early 2000s, and a new design was issued both as plans (No 792R) and as a ready-to-assemble kit (RTA 7792). This appears in an ad for the Hobbies 2003 Annual in the January 2003 issue of Dolls House World, with the word 'New'  above the photo of the RTA model. However, as another design was similarly advertised as 'New' for three years, this does not give us an exact release date.

 

Plan No 792R Edwardian Dolls House, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook

12th scale. Size 36" x 18" x 34 ½"

Available ca 2002 - 2014

 

RTA 7792 Edwardian Dolls House, exterior and interior, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook

12th scale. Size 34" x 19" x 30 ¾"  

Available ca 2002 - 2010

 

 

In 2009, the RTA 7792 Edwardian Dolls House had an external makeover. The interior looks very similar, although the red stair carpet has gone!

 

 

The next new design that I am aware of was a Dolls Bungalow, which appears in the 1987 Hobbies Handbook but was not in the 1984/85 Handbook. This was the first bungalow issued under the new Hobbies (Dereham) Ltd label. It was available for only three years, and then a redesigned version appeared in 1990, simply as 1990 Bungalow, "newly designed to take our standard range of fiitings" (although these had been used in the earlier version too...). The new version was not included in the 1991 Hobbies Handbook, but reappeared in 1992 with the same design number as the 1987 version.

 

No 759, Dolls Bungalow, as shown in the 1987 Hobbies Handbook.

Scale ¾ to the foot. Size 24" x 10" x 12" high, on base 24" x 20".

Available 1987 (or possibly 1986) - 1989

1990 / 759 Dolls Bungalow. Above, exterior as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook. Below, interior as shown in the 1990 Hobbies Handbook.

 Approx scale 16th  ( ¾ - foot). Size of base 36" x 18"

Available 1990, 1992 - 2006

 

 

The early 1990s was the time when updated versions of the Regency, Victorian and Tudor dolls houses appeared. These have been shown above, with their earlier versions. New models also appeared, including a Georgian dolls house, a Country Shop and another house for fashion dolls, called the Dream Home.

The Georgian dolls house, like the other updated period dolls houses, was in 12th scale, "specially designed for the collector of 1/12th scale furniture, or as a playhouse for young children." It was designed to take the new range of white moulded window and door fittings.

 

1991 D/H / 791 Georgian Model Dolls House. Above, exterior as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook. Below, interior as shown in the 1991 Hobbies Handbook. (No stairs are shown, but they could be added.)

12th scale. Size of base 30" x 14"

Available 1991, 1993 - 2014

 

 

 

No 796 Country Shop Model Dolls House. Above, exterior as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook. Below, interior as shown in the 1992 Hobbies Handbook.

12th scale. Size of base 24" x 9".

Available 1992 - 2014

 These plans were also issued free with Dolls House and Miniature Scene magazine, Issue 34, April 1997.

 

 

The Dream Home doll's house for fashion dolls, like the 'Carla', was open at the front. It had four spacious rooms and a roof area, with windows at the side of each room. It has an interesting irregular hexagonal shape.

 

No 800 Dream Home Doll's House for fashion dolls, as shown in the 1995 Hobbies Handbook.

1/6th  scale. Size 37" x 18" x 30" high.

Available 1993 - 1995 (or later).

 

Another fashion dolls house design, The Miranda, appears in the Hobbies Handbook of 2008. Its number is 769, which confusingly suggests that it predated both the Carla (No 770, available 1984/85-1995) and the Dream Home (800). However, this does not seem to have been the case, and Hobbies may have re-used the number of an earlier design which had been retired, as we have seen happened with No 752, originally the Dreamholme and later the New Tudor dolls house.

 

No 769 The Miranda (Fashion Doll's House), as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. Described as "a majestic 'Dutch' style house ideal for Barbie and Sindy Style Dolls."

 12th scale. Size 30 ¼" x 16 ½" x 35" h (76.5 x 42 x 89 cm)

Available ca 1998 - 2014

 

The following dolls houses I know from the Hobbies Handbooks of 2006 and later. Their design numbers suggest the order in which they were published, and an ad for the 1997 Hobbies Handbook, on which the Charlotte Junior Carry House is shown with the word 'New' above it, indicates that the Charlotte, No 798, was available by mid 1996 at the latest, when the 1997 Handbook was published. (An ad for the 1999 Hobbies Handbook also shows the Charlotte with the word 'New' above it, so for all we know, it may also have been 'new' in the 1996 Handbook.) Presumably No 797, the Farmhouse, was released before the Charlotte.

 

No 797, The Farmhouse, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook.

 12th scale. Size 28" x 13 ¾" x 28". (71 x 35 x 71 cm)

Available ca 1996 - 2014.

 

No 798, The Charlotte (Junior) (Carry House), as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. One of the roof sections (presumably the one without the dormer window) folds back for access to the loft. Sides are open.

12th scale. Size  18" w x 16 ½" d x 18" h (45.7 x 41.9 x 45.7 cm)

Available ca 1996 - 2014

 

The next three dolls house designs have consecutive numbers - 853, 854, and 855. This suggests that they were published around the same time, and the difference between the Charlotte's number (798) and these suggests a gap of a few years at least. So perhaps they were released in the late 1990s.

 

No 853, Garden Chalet, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook.

12th scale.  Size 18 ¼" w x 15 ¼" d x 10 ¾" h (46.5 x 38.5 x 27.5 cm)

Available ca 1999 - 2014

 

No 854, Rose Cottage, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. It is described in 2008 as "an attractive smaller 12th scale doll's house. Excellent where display space is limited"; in 2009, it is said to be 16th scale). It had 4 rooms with a central hall and landing.

 12th or 16th scale? Size 26 3/8" x 13" x 22 5/8" (67 x 33 x 57.5 cm)

Available ca 1999 - 2009

 

No 855 The Park View, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. Described as "a Classic design of a 1930's house. Our first double sided dolls house with openings to front [above] and rear [below]. 15 rooms and landing areas to decorate to your taste." Plans for a stand (No 900) were also published, probably some time after the dolls house plans.

 12th scale. Size 65 cm d x 96 cm w x 80 cm h

Available ca 1999 - 2014

 

 

By its number, the 12th scale Tudor dolls house, No 891, would have been published after the three houses shown above. It has already been shown above, following the 16th scale Tudor houses.

The final three Hobbies' dolls house designs that I know of are all in 1/24th scale. Their numbers do not fit the sequence of 16th or 12th scale dolls houses, so don't give any clues about when they were issued. Without access to Hobbies Handbooks for 1996-2005, I can only say that they appeared sometime during this period.

 

No 451, Cottage Crafts, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. "A charming house ... front, single panel opening gives access to 4 rooms, with stairs to the rear."

1/24th scale. Size 12" w x 7" d x 13" h (30 x 17 x 32.5 cm)

Published sometime between 1996-2005, still available 2014. 

 

No 452, Country Mansion, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. Two front opening panels, 6 rooms with hall and landing.

1/24th scale.  Size 18 ½" w x 8 ½" d x 14" h (46 x 21.5 x 34.5 cm)

Published sometime between 1996-2005, still available 2014. 

 

No 453, Country Inn, as shown in the 2008 Hobbies Handbook. Redesigned from Hobbies No 204 Special 'Old Country Inn', from the 1938 Hobbies Handbook.

1/24th scale.
Size of base 24" w x 10" d, height 12"
(61 x 25.4 cm, 30.5 cm high)

 Published sometime between 1996-2005, still available 2014.

 

Of all the dolls house plans published by Hobbies in its long history, 14 are still available for sale on the current Hobbies website, www.alwayshobbies.com, through the 2015 Hobbies Handbook, and at the new Hobbies shop at Raveningham, Norfolk. Nine are in 12th scale, three in 24th scale, one is in play scale (1/6th) and the last, the farm, in about 1/40 scale. Nine of these designs were published after 1995, and four others date from the early 1990s. However, two of them are updated versions of pre World War II designs - the Edwardian, based on the No 93 Special from 1917, and the Country Inn, based on the No 204 Special from 1938. Hobbies designs clearly stand the test of time!

 

Dolls House Papers sold by Hobbies - SEE NEXT PAGE ...

 

Many thanks to Robert Stroulger and the present director of Hobbies, Andrew Meek, for permission to use the images in this article, and to Robert Stroulger also for his help with information about the company and his father, Ivan Stroulger. Any inaccuracies are mine.

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