Chad Valley GWR Jigsaw Rarity Guide


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These puzzles were made by Chad Valley for the GWR between 1924 and 1939. The first was Caerphilly Castle made to be sold at the British Empire Exhibition in May 1924. It was the only jigsaw sold in this series without GWR on its blue and white box and was sold at 5/-.


This did not sell well and the price was later reduced to 2/6d and the box and jigsaw were changed with the front and rear not cut to the outline of the loco and a GWR box used. These were from now on sold at cost as publicity material. It eventually sold about 78,000 copies.

Another 45 puzzles were produced (2 with different versions of the same puzzle) and by 1939 when production ceased over 1,000,000 had been produced.

The jigsaws are listed in order of scarcity with this based on jigsaws available in the past 3 years.

A picture is available of each puzzle - just click on the name.



1   Lost In Transit
2   Loco's in the making
3   Windsor Castle (Curvy Edge)

King George V (300 pieces)

5   The Railway Station (Twin)
6   The Model Railway
7   Britains Mightiest
8   The Streamlined Way
9   The Fishguard Army
10   The Freight Train
11   Night Mail
12   London Highways
13   St Julian (Side View)
14   Cornwall Preparing for the Catch
15   Windsor Castle from the Air
16   Swansea Docks
17   Speed
18   Piccadilly Circus

Locomotives Old & New

20   The St Julien (3/4) View
21   Oxford
22   Windsor Castle (Knights)
23   Warwick Castle
24   Caerphilly Castle
Fairly Common
  Henley Bridge
  St Davids Cathedral
  The Royal Route to the West
  Springtime in Devon
  Glorious Devon
  The Cheltenham Flyer
  A Cornish Fishing Village
  The Railway Station (Single)
  Mountains of Killarney

Most Common

  The Cathedral
  Historic Totnes
  King George V (150 pieces)
  Cornish Riviera Express
  Ann Hathaways Cottage
  The Vikings at St Ives
  The Torbay Express
  King Arthur on Dartmoor
  Stratford Upon Avon
  The Romans at Caerleon
  Brasenose College Oxford
  Drake Goes West

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