|The Village which is situated in the centre of the Fitzroy Gardens, was modelled in cement by Mr. Edgar Wilson, a 77 year old pensioner who lived in Hamilton Road, Norwood, London, England, who carried out the task as a hobby. He built three such villages.|
One of them which he presented to the City of Melbourne through the City of Lambeth, England, in appreciation of Melbourne's
generosity in sending food to Britain, during the Second World War. It was officially
opened by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Councillor Sir Raymond Connelly,
on 21st May, 1948. The model village consists of 28 concrete buildings represent a typical Kentish village built during
the "Tudor" period of English history. The village is composed of various
thatched cottages, a village church, school, hotel, barns, stocks, pump, and all public
buildings which make up one of the delightful villages. Also included is a scale model of
Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaways cottage.
Six houses were presented to the Lambeth Council on 27th October 1948 for Vauxhall Park. They were subsequently located on the site laid out by the Borough Engineer. A set of houses was also given to Lambeth for Brockwell Park.