Mr Hayton died in 1986 and the model village was kindly donated by his family to Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate where it was displayed for approximately 20 years. In 2008 the village no longer suited the plans at Harlow Carr Gardens and they approached Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield. Buckinghamshire to see if they would be interested in taking ownership. On behalf of Bekonscot, two architectural heritage specialsts Tim Dunn and Stephen Levrant considered the request but felt the village would not suit Bekonscot . They then tried to find a suitable recipient and fortunately Ryedale Folk Museum were approached and at once welcomed the idea.
THE MODEL VILLAGE AT RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM.
THE VILLAGE ARRIVES AT RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM FROM HARLOW CARR GARDENS NOVEMBER 2008
SLIDE SHOW OF MODEL VILLAGE SITE AT RYEDALE FOLK MUSEUM.
AFTER MAJOR REBUILDING THE MODEL VILLAGE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED BY OUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT MISS ANNE MACINTOSH ON 19 - 11 -2010.