Definition of model village in English:

model village


  • 1historical A village providing a high standard of housing, typically built by an employer for the workforce.

    ‘he built a cotton mill and around it a model village for his workers’
    • ‘Muirhouses was built in the 1860s as a model village for workers on the Carriden House Estate, and the original cottages were designated a Conservation Area in 1975.’
    • ‘Hard up against the gates William Lever created the model village of Port Sunlight.’
    • ‘Later they would visit the town shops and cafes, and whole families can have a day out, combining a journey by rail on the Settle-Carlisle with the model village experience.’
    • ‘Organised by Saltaire Village Society, the festivities will incorporate all aspects of the famous model village from the mill and park to the cobbled streets and Leeds-Liverpool canal.’
    • ‘The famous model village of Port Sunlight was built.’
    • ‘Built as a model village in 1832, Ballydesmond parish and village were known as Kingwilliamstown until the 1930s, when locals decided the drop the old name and re-name the area Ballydesmond.’
    • ‘Indeed, the intention was quite the opposite: Joseph Rowntree wanted his model village to inspire similar schemes across Britain.’
    • ‘The Cadbury brothers' model village of Bourneville offered social activities, holiday pay, education and pensions in exchange for abstinence and church - going.’
    • ‘Visionary Robert Owen's 18th century Georgian model village - situated by the Falls of Clyde - is busier than ever despite a depressed market.’
  • 2A small copy of a village or a collection of models of famous buildings arranged as a village, typically built as a tourist attraction.

    ‘a model village of Europe with landmarks from the member states in miniature’
    • ‘This year sees the return of the model village a great attraction for children and adults.’
    • ‘It is also an attraction in itself for all the family with an indoor play zone, a butterfly farm, model village and other fun attractions.’
    • ‘This model village in Leyburn has all the fine detail of village life on a scale of 1:32 - from the pub and post office to a church with a wedding taking place.’
    • ‘A recent visit to an open-air model village in Beaconsfield gave us, our grandchildren and their parents the best day out we'd had for years.’
    • ‘As well as guns and rods there will be a model village, demonstrating the vital links between local businesses and the rural population.’
    • ‘Archaeological findings at the site of a planned model village on the outskirts of York will be revealed at a public meeting next week.’
    • ‘There is so much else to see, including a woodland walk, a model village and plants too numerous to count.’
    • ‘Embattled council leaders are facing mounting calls for a full public inquiry into their controversial plans to sell off a green city site to be redeveloped as a model village.’
    • ‘Here he built enormous fountains - one twice the height of Nelson's Column - as well as an arboretum, a 300 ft conservatory, and a model village.’
    • ‘The miniature of a model village in the Tirumangalam Panchayat Union, (yet to come live) displayed in the lobby, creates a fantasy in you.’
    • ‘The city, perhaps eight hundred feet beneath them, now looked like a model village.’
    • ‘On its outskirts you will find the Bondville Miniature Village, ‘one of the finest model villages in the country’, including more than 1,000 hand-made and painted characters.’
    • ‘You can take a refreshing walk through this hand crafted model village and its beautiful gardens.’


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