Built in 1938 in the baroque style, Lady's Lodge was originally a garage for use by hotel guests. Over the years, the building has been called variously Battery Stores, The Peacock, and Siop Bach (Small Shop). The building was listed Grade II in 1971.
The lower floor of the building currently serves as a gift shop, whilst the upper floor is a beauty parlour.
This building was used as the "general store" throughout the Prisoner. In Arrival, we see the Prisoner attempt to buy a map — only to discover that it gives no clues to his whereabouts other than "in the Village"!
In Hammer Into Anvil the Prisoner buys six copies of a record and a cuckoo clock in an attempt to confuse an already paranoid Number 2. The hapless shopkeeper is summoned to Number 2 and asked to explain the Prisoner's actions.
The exterior of the building is well seen in both of these episodes.
Lady's Lodge from the south east.
My bay window design required a 2 × 3 window frame. However, since this part does not exist I had to use an "illegal move" and cut a 4 × 3 frame in half to create the bay window. It is important to state that this is the only modifed brick in any of my models.
|I have tried to capture the distinctive gable shape of Lady's Lodge. This shape is a recurring theme throughout Portmeirion and also appears in some of Sir Clough's other work.|
The mural above the bay window was created by scanning in an image of it from the Portmeirion guide book, then printing it out at the correct size. The cardboard Siop Bach sign was kindly created by Helen Weathers and is just 15mm across.
This image also shows the illegal move, described above, in more detail.
The raised walkway between Lady's Lodge and the Round House allows entrance to the upper floor. Before the latter building was constructed, access to the top floor was via a wooden staircase.
The model used to have an interior showing the beauty salon, however it has since been rebuilt without it.
The model from below.
Lady's Lodge itself is on a sloping site. My model drops 5 bricks between front and back.
|The Round House and Lady's Lodge.|
|The model on location.|
(excluding arch and bay window):
|12 studs × 18 studs × 18 bricks
95mm × 143mm × 165mm