Amchester is the LEGO City of UK LEGO® fan Bricks McGee.
About Bricks McGee
Bricks McGee – also known as Richard – has been a LEGO fan since the age of 5, and hasn’t really stopped collecting since! Based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England, he even works with LEGO bricks these days, building models for museums and running LEGO workshops for a range of clients.
Amchester is the showcase of his personal LEGO collection and a growing number of bespoke LEGO models built to create the ultimate city he had dreamed of during his childhood.
The name “Amchester” is a portmanteau of “Am” – the name of the river that runs through the city – and “chester”, denoting a Roman encampment at a past point in the city’s history.
The names of many other places places are borrowed from the Radio Four serial The Archers, but the places themselves don’t tend to bear any resemblance to those places at all.
My first LEGO City
My very first LEGO city was a fairly large affair in itself, as I was lucky to have a huge bedroom as a child. I named it “Cape Canaveral”, after the LEGO City spaceport set I was so proud of (set 1682). The city had an airport, monorail, a historic castle at its centre, as well as docks and – of course! – a LEGO train circling it.
I’ve roughly recreated the layout of the city as I remember it at the time; sadly, no photos seemed to have survived to this day.