ARC III Cripplegate
|First year published||1949|
|Number of cards||6|
|Size of cards||9 x 13 cm|
|Description||First isssued in 1949 at 1/8d.
Catalogued as out of print in 1954.
Reprinted in 1955 at 3/- d.
The first and second editions show a change of address from 6 to 3 Raquet Court.
Large stocks were purchased by Broadway Approvals in 1956, and passed on to the Watford Model Supply Co. in 1971.
Cripplegate was selected as one of the official souvenir sets at the Festival of Britain in 1951, so a special sticker was applied to the wrapper.
The designs for the set of old London Gates, both published and unpublished, were taken from models researched and constructed by the Artist and Historian John B. Thorp. They were on display during the late 1940s in the Museum of London. Some otherwise identical editions of the Gates have the Thorp credit, whilst some do not.
It appears that the Thorp credit was an overprint that is for no apparent reason (other than carelessness) missing from some print runs.
Autocraft has printed two versions of Cripplegate:
Micromodels London also published this model.
D.G. Models has issued Cripplegate in a larger scale with completely new artwork.