Tudor hotel rebuilt in Combe Martin kitchen

Jack Linder from Combe Martin with his scale model of The Feathers Hotel.

Jack Linder from Combe Martin with his scale model of The Feathers Hotel. - Credit: Archant

Carpenter Jack Linder takes on the challenge of building a detailed model of famous Midlands hotel The Feathers.

A famous Midlands hotel has been faithfully recreated in a Combe Martin kitchen.

Retired carpenter Jack Linder, 82, has built a one twelfth scale model of The Feathers, a well known and historic landmark at Ludlow in Shropshire.

It is hoped in time his creation may end up on display at the real 17th century hotel, but for Jack it is the latest in a series of intricate buildings he has constructed in his hobby building miniature houses.

The carefully detailed models, six so far, are often fully furnished inside and some even have electricity too. Jack tries to make everything himself, but there are various companies that make furniture and even entire plumbing systems for the tiny homes.


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His interest in The Feathers came after his son Martin sent him a postcard with its picture.

They even visited the hotel and staff were amazed when they saw pictures of their building recreated in miniature. Now negotiations are ongoing to see about getting the model displayed in The Feathers foyer.

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“I wanted to do it to satisfy myself I could make it,” said Jack.

“I suppose it’s a fascination I have had since I was a boy and lived on an estate where new houses were being built - I used to stand for hours watching the men working and the way different people worked together.”

The houses are often built on his kitchen table and the hobby began when his late wife Doreen asked him to build one after he retired.

“She asked if I could make a miniature house as she was going to join a club - she wanted one like the Bronte sisters,” he said.

“If you’d been in so many houses as I have in my lifetime, it was easy to build the things. When I finished the first she used to go to various shows and come back with bits and pieces she’d bought.”

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