Tower Walk Dolls

Tower Walk dolls were the first to have a body made by Peggy Nisbet.   She wanted a doll with a more elegant and adult body shape to dress, was no longer satisfied with dressing Rosebud dolls, and so decided to make her own.

Many of the early attempts were unsuccessful – in the years after the war, the chemistry involved in making a suitable and stable plastic was not as technologically advanced as it is now.   Peggy decided on a cold setting resin mix for her dolls, but there were problems with the recipe.

The chemical mix required exact dilution, and carefully measured proportions, and was difficult to achieve in those early days.   Many of the dolls were ruined when acidic chemicals used to cure the mix began to slowly leach out of the resin, causing damage to the clothes, and discolouring the painted features.  

Even some of the examples with a more stable resin mix suffered with this problem to a limited extent, and this often caused the faces and hands, which were originally painted a flesh colour, to gradually assume a grey or greyish-blue pallor.   This is evident to varying degrees on some of the Tower Walk dolls shown on this website.

Although the majority of the Tower Walk dolls were created as the the first members of the "Historical" series, there were a few examples made to represent the growing interest in Peggy's other doll families, like the "British Pageant / British Traditional" ranges  

The "Tower Walk" dolls got their collective name from the converted water tower that Peggy rented out to use as a small factory premises, where they were made.   She later purchased the tower, and converted it into a unique family home.

The stylised facial appearance of these stunning dolls, (Peggy called them “moon-faced”), is very evocative of the mid 1950’s, and at their best, these dolls retain a timeless and elegant appeal for collectors everywhere.

The doll pictures will auto run as a slide show in the window above.

Press F5 (function key 5 on your keyboard), to re-start the slide show.

Alternatively, you may control the slideshow manually – follow the steps below :

  • Place the cursor at the bottom of the window to access thumbnail and navigation control bar
  • Click on the “?” (question mark) symbol (bottom left hand side of the control bar) for a detailed explanation of the controls
  • See a full screen slideshow by clicking on the “Square with Arrow” symbol (2nd from right on the control bar)
  • Use the keyboard arrow keys to move forward and back through the slideshow, as desired
  • Use the “ESC” key to leave full screen mode


21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021