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A dolls’ house through the generations

August 29th, 2013

There’s something special about dolls’ houses made in the honour of younger family members, and for one special house this is very much the case.

Bob McDuff began the project to construct a miniature based on the Georgian villa, Tweedmouth House, in 2008 for his great-grandaughter, Daisy.

A prolific craftsman, Bob was inspired to start after reading Brian Long’s book on the subject, then visiting Tweedmouth House itself in Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

“Seeing this beautiful house gave him the motivation he needed to start work”, Bob’s granddaughter Heidi told the Berwick Advertiser.

Bob’s handmade creation was soon well underway until the months leading up to his death in 2010, sadly leaving the house incomplete.

In a touching resurrection of Bob’s vision, however, Bob’s daughter Heidi persuaded his granddaughter and her husband to take over the project.

The three more months of careful work on the house made it a perfect replica of the real-life Tweedmouth House.

The happy ending to Bob’s house came when Daisy received it for her birthday in 2011, and Heidi continued to add the finishing touches until 2013.

A lovely tale of four generations of a family coming together around an impressive handmade dolls’ house!


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