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Bruce creates a bird’s eye view of St Mary’s

Bruce Murdoch with his scatch built model of Culford Church.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150316-164531009
Bruce Murdoch with his scatch built model of Culford Church.'Pic - Richard Marsham ANL-150316-164531009

When Bruce Murdoch decided to build a model of his village church he did not realise it would be a three-year project.

But the first problem the 72-year-old from Culford had was that there were no architectural drawings of the Grade II listed Church of St Mary, built by Sir Arthur Blomfield and opened in 1865.

So he had to create his own by photographing everything about the building and taking measurements, which took up his spare time for 10 months.

“I know it inside out now,” Bruce said.

The model was blessed at the church on Sunday and is now on display there so visitors can judge how good a job he made of it.

Bruce, who has also made a model of his bungalow, says his model making goes back to model railways in his childhood, but it was also part of his business designing and building exhibition stands.

“I used to make models for some clients,” he explained. “Some people simply couldn’t interpret drawings and plans.

“I had one client where I was doing sketches in front of them to try to show them what things would look like, so next time, I took a model and they just said ‘oh great’.

“It’s something I love doing. The great challenge is does that fit, does it look like that?”

For the landscaping, he had to pay close attention to the whole graveyard and did everything to scale..

“In the back there’s a little boy’s grave and it has a sculpture of an angel climbing up the cross – I had to make that of model railway figures.”

He thinks he may do Pakenham Windmill next, but first he wants to trace his family tree.


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