Know-How: Toys & Delis on Pateley Bridge


Someone selling a Toy Shop on eBay cribbed a photo from Hazle's website that wasn't the most recent version. On 23rd May 2005 Marilyn wrote:

There are three Toy Shops on two models, based on a building from Pateley Bridge. Each version has somewhat different toys in the windows.

Pateley Bridge 1 (with left door)
Retired Christmas Toy Shop with a modelled Christmas tree, a painted tree in the upstairs window, a stocking left of the door and a garland on the door and in the shop.

Retired short-run Toy Shop with writing about electric train sets on right of wall.

Pateley Bridge 2 (with right door)
Current standard Toy Shop with writing on electric trains inside left modelled plaque.


From Carol E:

Thanks, Marilyn. I thought you'd clarified the different versions of Pateley Bridge beautifully .... until I double-checked mine. I seem to have a hybrid of the two versions on Pateley Bridge 1. It has everything in the Christmas version except no garland on the door and, more importantly, no modelled Xmas tree! Perhaps my shop-keeper can't afford an outside tree ... Hope I've not confused things too much. It seems to highlight the number of variations possible with a hand-crafted item ... and the necessity to check which version you want before buying - if such detail is important to you.


Pateley Bridge 1 Christmas (no tree outside) Pateley Bridge 1 Non-Christmas version Pateley Bridge 2 Standard Toy Shop
Pateley Bridge 1
Christmas (no tree outside)
Pateley Bridge 1
Non-Christmas version
Pateley Bridge 2
Standard Toy Shop


From Marilyn:

You definitely have a variation of the Christmas Toy Shop not a hybrid, as the short-run Toy Shop (shown centre) has nothing Christmassy. Yours sounds like mine (above left) with no garland over the door and no modelled tree. I think a left tree was originally meant as the ‘standard’ for a Christmas Toy Shop but, as well as no tree, there are also some with right trees! Some variants are planned but others are happy accidents that don’t reach all stockists and only come to light later.

When Pateley Bridge 1 was introduced in autumn 2004 both the Toy Shop and Delicatessen (with awning) had Christmas paintings. These sell best in the run up to the festive season and not so well after. So in the New Year the Toy Shop had this interim non-Christmas painting on Pateley Bridge 1. When Pateley Bridge 2 was ready in the spring, the Toy Shop moved ‘next door’ with a standard painting (above right).

At first the Deli was moving but Hazle changed her mind. The Christmas tree below, on the right for the Deli, is the same type that appears on some Christmas Toy Shops.

Pateley Bridge 1 Christmas Deli Pateley Bridge 1 Standard Deli
Pateley Bridge 1
Christmas Deli
Pateley Bridge 1
Standard Deli

To summarise: there are five known variants of the Toy Shop within the three categories described above and two for the Deli. And that is just for these standard subjects - there are many specials as well.



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