A master model maker has died at the age of 92.

Ted Bayley was renowned for constructing intricate models of historic buildings out of tiny pieces of plywood.

Many of his models are displayed in the windows of AR Brown solicitors in Chapel Road, Worthing.

Proprietor Alan Brown said: "He will be a very sad loss to the town having regard to the magnificent models he has made over many years which have been a joy to everyone.

"Even in his last few months he carried on making his last model, which I must say was quite a strain for him but he was determined to finish it.

"I will, of course, continue to exhibit Ted's models in my office windows."

Last year The Argus profiled Ted after he made a model of Brighton's Theatre Royal to mark the venue's 200th birthday.

He constructed a total of about 200 models after retiring from his job as a painter and decorator.

Starting with Worthing's old lifeboat station he moved on to Brighton's West Pier, the Warnes Hotel, Worthing, and the interior of Worthing's famous Dome cinema.

In 2000 he spent six months making a 3ft-high model of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, using just a saw, a knife and sandpaper.

Ted, a diabetic, of Anglesea Street, Worthing, died of pneumonia at Worthing Hospital on December 22.

He leaves a widow, second wife Trude, 74, whom he married in 1975, and seven great-grandchildren.

Trude said: "He loved model-making. It kept his hands and brain busy. He had very nimble fingers, and also did paintings and mosaics."

Ted recalled in an interview in The Argus how a photograph in the paper got him started.

He said: "I got to the point when I needed a hobby and I saw a picture in The Argus of Worthing lifeboat station, so I got some cardboard and old bits of wood and just started making a model of it.

"I made it just to pass the time away but I took it to a man whose whole family used to work on the lifeboats and he commissioned me to do a bigger one."

Ted's funeral takes place at Durrington Cemetery, Worthing, on Friday at 1pm. The family has asked for donations to the RNLI instead of flowers.

To see a video of Ted at work, click here

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