Tom Lawton’s Fantastic Floating Home
Born and raised in Yatton Keynell during the 1980s and 1990s, Tom Lawton now lives with his family in Malmesbury and is a serial inventor and innovator.
Last summer Tom took a few months out of his regular work to build a Fantastic Floating Home for Channel 4 Factual Entertainment.
Tom’s Fantastic Floating Home is my first TV commission and while I’ve never really striven to be on the telly it’s amazing what can happen in life when you say YES to things that normally you wouldn’t dream of. All I want is to inspire people to dare to dream, to live a colourful, unconventional life that’s fuelled by imagination – the premise of the show is that I look at the world through the eyes of my six year old Barney (who is the show’s real star) and together we put our own inventive twist on life. We’re only here once and life really is what you make it.
Catch Tom starting 7pm, Sunday 27th July on Channel 4
About the Village
Yatton Keynell lies 97 miles from Hyde Park Corner, London, although our slightly famous milestone puts it somewhat differently.
Mentioned in the Domesday book, Sir William Keynell gave the village its modern name in the 13th Century when he built St. Margaret’s Church, whilst John Aubrey Close takes its name from the antiquary and writer known for his work on Stonehenge and Avebury, locations only marginally more visitworthy than Yatton Keynell itself.
We’re rightly proud of our school, pub, Post Office and Market Cross, the latter being the only example to be built in Wiltshire for centuries. This is not, though, the extent of our amenities, local groups and businesses, all of which make Yatton Keynell a sought-after location on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Whether you’re planning a visit, looking to relocate or simply searching for references to our tiny neighbour Tiddleywink; welcome to our website and to our village. We hope you enjoy your stay.