The 4 buildings and the 13 characters were also available to buy in seperate sets,as follows :-
These 13 characters (plus the pillar box bizarrely) were also available seperately in a set called "Camberwick Green Village Folk",below. And not to be confused with another Codeg set,that has exactly the same title. As they were much larger,moveable characters and have their own page within the site here
This set carries a 1968 copyright mark and has the Codeg reference number X 309/1
You can probably recognise them all. But,just in case.... left to right........
Mrs Murphy ... Farmer Bell ... Mary Murphy ... Paddy Murphy ... Mickey Murphy ... Mr.Carraway ... Roger Varley ... Mrs Honeyman ... PC McGarry ... Mrs Dingle ... Pillar box ... Peter the Postman ... Dr.Mopp ... Windy Miller
A small range of miniature models of Camberwick Green's buildings and inhabitants,made from plastic by Codeg (the universally accepted abbreviation for toy manufacturer Cowan De Groot.)
The "Camberwick Green Village Set" was effectively the top of the range box set. Complete with a diorama printed inside the box,and released in 1966.
The box is about 30cm long. And the characters range in height from about 2.5cm to 3.5cm.
- The Murphy's Bakery (door opens)
- Mr. Carraway's Fish Shop (shutter opens)
- Mrs.Dingle's Post Office (door opens)
- Doctor Mopp's house (door opens)
- - 1 tree with seat around base.
- - 1 length of wall with green gate (behind tree in photo)
The back of the box is very rarely seen online,so I've included a pic here
I don't think it's too unkind to say that the closer you are the worse they look. And the faces are so poorly painted you'd think some of the kids who received them could probably have done a better job (and I daresay a few tried !)
But they do have a certain charm and,with the exception of Jonathan Bell,they're all shown close-up in this photo
We've dealt with 2 of the 3 sets.
There's the main "Village Set" boxset.
And the "Village Folk" set where you could get all the characters seperately.
Which only leaves the "Camberwick Green Village Series".
And all very logical and symmetrical it was too.
Because the "Village Series" was simply a way to buy all 4 of the "Village Set" buildings individually.
Set No.1 - The Bakery
Set No.2 - The Fish Shop
Set No.3 - The Post Office
Set No.4 - Doctor Mopp's house/surgery
As you can see,each one also came with some of the figures. And whilst it may be difficult to establish which ones came with which,at least the Post Office mirrors 2 others I've seen. So,maybe,we can take that one as gospel.
It should also be noted that the 2 examples in the photo feature a later packaging redesign.
Because the original 1966 boxes had the same colour scheme/design as the back of the Village Set box -that was also mirrored to some extent on the Village Folk set.And they only had a clear window to the front,with a solid cardboard top and no stand-up bit of card at the back.
Sadly,I've never had any of the blue ones in my possession,which is why I'm presuming they didn't state which figures you were supposed to get with each one. And why I'm also not 100% sure about the date,although I'm pretty certain they're from 1968.
Either way,they clearly sold well enough to merit the revamp.And it's not too hard to see the appeal,despite my rather sniffy comments about the quality of the finish. (as if any pre-schooler was actually bothered about such things)
And that's just about all the information I have so far.
Hopefully the Codeg catalogues from 1966 to at least 1968 will turn up at some stage -even if the longer it goes on the less likely it seems they actually exist.
But if you can help with that,or anything else on this page,then please do. (contact email, home page)