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Life in Miniature

Life in Miniature

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Daphne & Clifford Taylor are very giving members of our local community and have an interesting story to tell. In her short ‘going out to work’ life (1957-64), Daphne was a comptometer operator at Yorkshire Farmers, York and then a National cash machine operator in the sales office, Rowntree’s in York where she met her husband Clifford.

Clifford moved on from Rowntree’s in 1960 to begin a 33 year long career in NHS administration and management. This involved moving about in the early years of their married life:  from York to Bolton, Bury and Sale, returning to Yorkshire to live in Knaresborough in 1969.

They both love children and have 6 daughters, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. They were volunteer foster parents from 1975 to 1992, caring for almost fifty babies, toddlers and young children with special needs. In addition, from 1969 to date, Daphne has undertaken various voluntary work roles in Knaresborough: in school, the Baby Clinic, Stockwell Road Surgery, the Child Development Centre, Harrogate Hospital and Gracious Street Methodist Church Centre. 

Alongside these activities, Daphne took up an interesting hobby inspired by a visit to see the Carlisle Collection in Nunnington Hall. This is a collection of amazing miniature rooms gifted to the National Trust in 1970. As a child, Daphne never had a dolls house so in 2000, she bought a large one and furnished it with miniatures. This proved too big to keep when Daphne and Clifford moved to their, present, smaller home.

Daphne, remembering her visit to Nunnington Hall, decided to make her own room boxes. These come flatpacked, so Daphne constructed each room, decorated, painted and furnished it with miniatures and figurines. All 14 rooms are Edwardian period themed and include sitting, dining, bedroom, bathroom, nursery, kitchen, cafe, workshop, greenhouse and patio garden. There is a special Christmas themed dining room , a Chapel and a Schoolroom made for the Gracious Street Methodist Chapel bi-centenary in 2015. 

Her latest project was to make a ‘Brassed Off’ shop, when she found a collection of brass miniatures in an antiques shop near Pannal. Unfortunately, Daphne now has Parkinson’s and struggles to add to her rooms because of her unrelenting tremor. However, she still carries on volunteering at the Baby Clinic and at Gracious Street Centre where she convenes the local Parkinson’s Group meetings held every third Tuesday of the month, for an informal chat and coffee.

If you would like to see her collection, she will be doing a special exhibit at Gracious Street Methodist Church on Saturday, 11th May from 10am to 4pm. Donations are gratefully received and the proceeds will be shared between Parkinson’s and the church. Refreshments will also be available on the day.

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