The Knitted Village, Lancaster
The knitted village is randomly situated amongst the stalls of bric-a-brac and furniture in a sprawling antiques centre, housed in what was once the Hornsea Pottery factory complex on the outskirts of Lancaster. One minute you are browsing for bargains - the next you are eye-to-eye with a knitted lighthouse!
The village truly is an incredible display of creativity and ingenuity that teeters on the brink of total knitting madness. It really is well worth a look. (Although, it has to be said that the display is suffering slightly from a lack of recent dusting.)
The village features a knitted funicular, helter-skelter, beach huts and a harbour, several rows (no pun intended) of houses and shops, a play-park, two churches and a couple of cafes. In total there are 72 buildings, 8 shops and a train.
A sign on the wall states that the three knitted villages of Lesser Knitting, Lower Needle and Much Knitting-on-the-Needle were created by three 'Kendal Ladies' between 1993 and 1998. No patterns were used, except for the trees - and five 'gentlemen' helped by making the wooden and electrical items, the bases and the trestles.
Well done to each and every one of them!
The Knitted Village is best visited on a Sunday - as there is likely to be a car boot sale on, in the nearby cattle market (about 5 minutes up the hill from the Antiques Centre).
Another good thing - it is open 364 days of the year, but I'm not sure which is the one day that it is closed!
Knitted Village photos
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How to get there
G.B. Antiques Centre, Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Road,
Lancaster, LA1 3LA