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1980/8Members' Magazine No. 15 / 1980Grants and Donations / The Monument Trust has granted
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Cowfold Barn / The Museum Director reported on the arrangements with Miss Goodman for the dismantling of Cowfold Barn. The work was to take place during August 1980. Mr Warren reported that Mr Rigold had commented that the barn represented a type of late 15th or 16thC building of the 'west Weald' and not of the 'east Weald' and therefore wondered whether Bayleaf was the right building to be associated with the barn. There was some general discussion at this point but no decision reached.
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Preservation of collections / Mrs Hallam questioned the accuracy of the previous minute (page 1 of meeting on 10 Feb.80). Mrs Hallam remembered that the Committee supported the policy that preservation of collections should be the main priority but it also wished to see selected material displayed in the best available conditions. AGREED.
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Walderton Cottage / Mr Harris reported on the dismantling of Walderton Cottage and explained to the Committee that the BBC had agreed to film the whole operation, including the re-erection of the building. In order to go ahead with this project it would be necessary to bring the re-erection of Walderton Cottage in the programme towards the end of this year. The Committee AGREED to this alteration in priorities. Mr Harris then opened the discussion on siting the building in the Museum. He said that it was difficult to consider as although the cottage came from a village, Walderton was a very dispersed village and though there appeared to be evidence of a deserted medieval village close to the building, the cottage was probably fairly isolated when first constructed. Mrs Hallam commented that it was important to maintain the geological grouping of buildings within the Museum. Mr Armstrong commented that the village area would inevitably contain buildings from many geological sources. The Committee deci \\
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Boarhunt / Mr Champion wished the Committee to consider, once again, the site for Boarhunt Cottage. He reminded the Committee that the orientation agreed on previously was intended to afford protection to the original end of the building from the prevailing wind by placing the hip into the weather. Now that it was intended to reconstruct the missing section it would be possible to further protect the original material by turning the building around and placing the new end into the weather. This would also mean that the almost frameless new end would not face the main public viewing area. After a visit to the site, the Committee AGREED to turn the building through 180
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Toll Cottage / The Museum Director asked the Committee for approval to a proposal to move the Toll Cottage to a new site just north of the site road and close to the entrance of the Museum site from the car parks. Mr Warren requested the Committee to consider the possibility of the Toll Cottage being moved to the Chalk Pits Museum as he felt it was not an entirely suitable exhibit at Singleton. Mrs Hallam disagreed with this proposal, as did the remaining members of the Committee. The Committee APPROVED the new site.
1980/5SBC Minutes / 11 May 1980Cowfold Barn / Mr Warren reported that the Department of Environment intended not to offer any objection to the demolition of Cowfold Barn.
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Boiler House - West Dean / Mr M Heymann informed Members that planning permission for the installation of a boiler house at West Dean had been granted but excluding the erection of chimneys. Mr J Warren commented that there was a possibility that the height of the chimneys could be taller than originally given. However, no decision would be reached until the Department of the Environment had produced their results.
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Walderton Cottage / The Museum Director reported that work was in progress on clearing the site in preparation for a detailed survey to be carried out by Mr R Harris. An archaeological excavation of the site had been arranged to take effect after work on site had been finalised. In respect of finances, a small grant had been obtained from West Sussex County Council towards costs of dismantling and a private donation of
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Milton Street Dovecote / The Museum Director outlined the background to the Dovecote situated at Milton Street in East Sussex. On the advice of the East Sussex County Council, the owners had contacted the Museum and suggested they consider the building. The building was in a very poor state and in imminent danger of collapsing. After a site inspection, carried out by Mr R Harris, the decision was made that immediate action should be taken. An attempt at restoration had been undertaken by the owners - who were sympathetic - and they had dismantled and recorded the roof. The building was "listed" but had received a "Dangerous Buildings" Order. Mr Harris reported that the building was probably early 17thC. It was a square building, with chalk nesting boxes at 2'6" down to present floor level. The roof was hipped at both ends, with staggered butt purlins, being latterly tiled. The south side section of one wall had been rebuilt, with original flint facing showing on two-thirds of another wall. All fo \\
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Crown Post Roof Barn near Horsham (Cowfold) / The Museum Director reported on a barn, situated at Cowfold, that had been offered to the Museum for consideration. A site inspection had been undertaken by Messrs R Harris and R Champion. Mr R Harris reported the building was an original three-bay, timber-framed barn, with crown post roof, 19'6" wide by 4'0" (sic - should be 40'?) long, and was an excellent example of its kind. The sill beam was found to be complete. Prior to the meeting, Messrs. J Warren and S Rigold also visited the building on site. Mr S Rigold reported the building was an un-aisled, half-railed barn, with downward bracing of a medieval type. Timbers were complete, including the sole plate. It was probably early 16thC, with a late crown post roof, originally covered with Horsham Stone. The owners had expressed no wish to preserve the building in-situ and the local authorities had been reluctant to take any action towards "listing" the building. Mr J Warren expressed the view that a \\
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Building programme / Mr M Heymann requested information as to the forthcoming building programme. In reply, the Museum Director reported that Mr R Champion was at present progressing with the repair of Boarhunt Cottage. On conclusion of this project, work would then commence on North Cray Hall House. Completion of smaller buildings would also be undertaken.
1980/2SBC Minutes / 10 February 1980Wheelwright's Shop - and policy in general on use of buildings for collections display. / A site inspection was made by Mr R Champion and Mrs H Champion to the building situated on the Wiston Estate. Mr R Champion reported that the building was in good repair and its previous usage unknown. He also opinionated that the building may be considered "too good" for use as a wheelwright's shop. In addition, Mr J Armstrong commented that the building seemed rather small for a wheelwright's shop. Mr. R. Champion felt that the building would not be easily adapted for display purposes as it was restricted by available floor space and it would also be necessary to insert additional windows. Mrs H Champion expressed grave concern at the deterioration of tools from the Wheelwright's collection (at present displayed in Watersfield Stable) which, unless permanently stored, would present irrevocable damage to the artifacts. As the collection of wheelwright's tools were an important and valuable collection, it was A \\
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Brickwork Exhibits - Petersfield Drying Shed / The Museum Director explained details of the drying shed at Petersfield, which was in the process of being dismantled. The timbers were in good condition and the building would be a valuable addition to the Museum's brickworks exhibit. Also on the Petersfield site were a stable of fairly late build, including three stalls and a kiln, which the Museum may wish to re-erect. Mr Warren displayed plans showing the approximate positions suggested for the brickworks buildings. Mr Zeuner explained that an exhibition was planned, describing the technical process of hand brick-making and relevance of the craft to the Museum and its buildings. The possibility of a moulding shed from the former brickworks at Ebernoe was now less likely owing to a change of ownership but it was pointed out that moulding sometimes took place at one end of a drying shed. Members favoured a simple kiln or clamp for re-erection at the Museum rather than a complex kiln, which would be a ma \\
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Fencing / Mr Zeuner reported that fencing improvements were due to take place at the Museum in the summer but in the event of continued poor attendances at the Museum - due to the petrol shortage and price rise - this item may have to be postponed.
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Horsham Shop/North Cray House / Mr Harris reported that he had completed his detailed examination of the timbers of the Horsham Shop, as agreed at the last meeting. Mr Harris's findings had revealed new elements in the interpretation of the timbers in the Museum's possession, namely: (i) Evidence that there may have been an off-centre partition dividing the building in two from front to back, indicating the likelihood of a semi-detached unit; (ii) The roof was originally hipped rather than gabled; (iii) Lack of clear evidence for access to the rear rooms; (iv) Evidence for either two open halls in the rear bay, or more likely that one half of the rear was floored at both stages. Mr Harris felt that the building was extremely fragmentary and impossible to interpret sufficiently accurately to make it a reasonable exhibit at the Museum. Mrs Hallam questioned whether it was possible to judge by the evidence whether the partitions described were original. Mrs Hallam felt that the window opening in the shop f \\
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Sheffield Saw Pit / The Museum Director reported problems concerning the site chosen for the saw pit building. It had been realised that the site may prove difficult in relation to water levels and this had been proved by a trial pit dug. Water had flowed into the pit and it was clear that special lining to prevent water seepage would cost between
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Brickwork Exhibits - Redford Round House / Work was proceeding on the dismantling of the building, which had housed a horse-drawn pug mill associated with a brickworks. Instead of dismantling the structure in the usual way, the Museum was underpinning the walled sections for lifting by crane on 10th July 1979. The sections would be lowered into position on the site prepared below the Lavant building on arrival at the Museum.
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Hole House, East Sussex / Mr Armstrong indicated problems relating to the future of Hole House, East Sussex, a later 16thC house of the 'Pendean' style, which may involve the Museum at a later date.
1979/6SBC Minutes / 17 June 1979Wiston Wagon Shed / It was explained that the foundations were now in for the Wiston Wagon Shed opposite the Watersfield Stable and work would proceed on the re-erection of the building over the next weeks. This was being undertaken, along with the Sheffield Saw Pit, by Contractors, Paul Simons, Director of the Chiltern Open Air Museum and Master Carpenter Peter McCurdy.
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