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1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Photographs / Photographs of Berrylands Farm, Windelsham Carpenter's Shop and Charlton Barns
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Carols & AGM & Excursion 1979 / The Carol Service will take place in Bayleaf on 21st Dec, The 9th AGM will be held in County Hall on 20th Oct.
The next excursion will be to Arnhem in late spring.
A picture of the proposed layout of the square drawn by John Warren
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Weekend course / A weekend course will be held at Dunford College on the subject of "Farmsteads and Farm Buildings" on 17/19 Sept.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Friends and Volunteers / Bernard Johnson suggests group stewarding from a village or district. He also describes the fun of meeting the visitors
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978North Cray House / A drawing of North Cray House by Richard Harris after P. J. Tester
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Hon. Auditor / There has been some dissatisfaction about the use of the funds of the Friends, which will be allayed by the appointment of Mrs Elsie Kessler as Treasurer and Brian Magness as Auditor
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Annual Accounts / Entrance fees and shop surplus for the year ending 31st March 1978
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978A scheme for Conservation Workshops and Materials Bank. / The Museum has been offered a farm complex in Charlton. A possible plan is to move the workshop there and to set up a materials bank in the barn. It's early stages yet.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Arts Council Exhibition / Diana Zeuner reports that Richard Harris has prepared an Arts Council Exhibition "Traditional Farm Buildings", which is on tour. It came to the Museum in July. She summarises his work for the Museum and the Avoncroft Museum. He formed the Hereford and Worcester Architecture Record Group, and wrote "Discovering Timber-framed buildings" for Shire Publications.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978Building Progress / Chris Zeuner reports that, thanks to Roger Champion and Geoff Kent, Crawley Hall and Lavant House are complete and in use, Geoff Kent retires and will work on a part time basis in future. The mill has progressed thanks to John Friar and Peter Stenning.
Court Barn , sponsored by the worshipful Company of Plumbers, is next in line. After that Horsham Shop and North Cray. Buildings dismantled include pig sties, wood sheds and earth closets from West Dean and a carpenter's shop from Windlesham. The latter will be re-erected in the winter, helped by a donation from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters. A barn and cattle shed from Berrylands Farm (formerly called Fountains Farm), given by Mr. Howe of Sheffield Park, have been dismantled and stored. John Friar and some volunteers dismantled the building.
Mike Coviello, John Warr, Philip Burchett and Roy Plummer have built Charcoal Hut Mark 4.
1978/10Members' Magazine No. 12 / Autumn 1978A Look Ahead / Roy Armstrong looks on 1978 as a turning point, because the completion of Lavant House and Crawley will let them be used towards essential needs. Titchfield Market Hall will provide a a focal point when the North Cray House is re-erected. Crawley Hall's completion gives more opportunity for research and education. [Further devlopment of this article is unwise. The article should be read in its full form]
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Lurgashall Mill / Peter Stenning was working on the repair of the Mill machinery. Mr Friar was building the brick wall in such a way as to completely restore the husting, which was not contemporary with the brick wall. Some landscaping around the Mill had been completed.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Lavant Building / Mr Harris reported good progress on the construction of the building. He produced drawings of a simplified 17thC-style staircase for the shop. The Committee AGREED it should be built of softwood if the price for that material was very much cheaper than oak. Mr Harris put forward proposals for the upstairs room. Rather than divide it into two he suggested a long low range of counter height cupboards for storage on both sides of the room, leaving space available for other uses upstairs such as a volunteers room, schoolchildren's project work and space for buffet meals to be laid out. Mr Harris had not included a lift in his designs at this stage and Mr Zeuner said there was a possibility of incorporating it in the floor of Lavant at this stage, inserting the mechanism later. Mr Harris explained he hoped to turn round the bank counterfront obtained for the shop by the Museum, so that the clean oak back was visible to shop visitors. Heating engineers were working out a scheme for channelli \\
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Granary & Wagon Shed - Tonbridge / Mr Champion reported he had visited a 22ft square granary above a waggon shed at Tonbridge on the Somerhill Estate. It consisted of two stories and a loft and had been unused for 18 years. The owner of the estate had recently died and its future was uncertain. He was unsure of its age but it appeared to have been bricked up where carts entered. Mr Champion said it was in good condition. The Committee AGREED it was a building the Museum should be concerned with and the possibility of dismantling it should be considered. It was pointed out that the Museum was freer to engage in dismantlings since Netherhale Farm was now unlikely to be dismantled in 1978.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Langrish Dovecote / Mr Zeuner reported Hampshire County Planning Authority had decided not to support in situ restoration. The District Council would not allow its demolition, neither would they support its restoration or removal. They had decided it should not go to the Open Air Museum and would prefer to see it decay into a 19thC ruin. Mrs Hallam had said she proposed to talk to the Petersfield Society to discover their views on the building, which was not listed.
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 3 / Mr Zeuner expressed reservations about planting in the open space in front of the lake and it was AGREED clump 3a33 should be planted to the north-west of its planned position. AGREED an occasional tree should be planted within the village but this would be difficult until the village was more complete. It was suggested some trees might be planted once North Cray was re-erected. Mr Heymann pointed out that some enhancement of the landscape could be had by single or small clumps of trees stopping the eye and then allowing it to see past it into the distance. Col. Jefferis thought trees allowed visitors surprises, but it was important to maintain overall views. (continued in next records)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartments 4 & 5 / 4: The main clump should be planted bearing in the possibility of a good building site to the west, it was AGREED. 5: Mr Warren had expressed his feelings that 5a43 was unnecessary since the Estate were hoping to plant trees in the corner of their field. Mr Armstrong suggested one or two bushes could hide the artificial division. Mr Heymann said a single specimen or two was advantageous in this area, as shown on the landscape plan. Mr Zeuner said Bayleaf clump could be extended to overflow the road and join the estate's planting. (continued in next records)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 6 / Mr Zeuner said it was the intention to retain the ash fringe as long as possible. Coppice management would continue but there was a worrying deer problem in that area. It was important to maintain hornbeam standards, and necessary to plant new ones. Mr Heymann said the Estate would not press for a dividing fence surrounding the Museum's site in the woodland, unless there was serious encroachment on West Dean land by visitors.
The clearance of 6a48 allowed space for a cottage and ancillary buildings to Pendean, Mr Zeuner explained.
He expressed reservations about opening up the area immediately behind the charcoal camp. An asarted field with a farmhouse was planned for further up the valley. Mr Armstrong expressed concern that the Museum would have too few sites unless more woodland was opened up. Mr McDowall said it would be useful for the Committee to receive sketch plans of possible uses for the valley. Another potential building area was 6d51, \\
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 7 / Mr Zeuner explained mature beech in this area and above the Museum would be felled probably next Autumn. But regeneration was good and area of oak and ash above would be retained. The Estate was being extremely helpful in offering to retain as many specimen trees as possible during the felling. Mr Russell said it was important to keep buildings and trees apart especially where thatch existed. (continued in next record)
1978/1SBC Minutes / 15 January 1978Report on Landscaping of the Museum - Compartment 8 / AGREED 8a45 should be a specimen tree, probably a beech to frame the view of Winkhurst. Mr Zeuner explained Mr Warren felt the hillside should be left open without specimen trees. Mr Zeuner explained 8a44 was seen as an eventual replacement for some of the mature trees in a row up the hill. Mr Armstrong said the open space was alien to the environments of the wealden buildings in that area and felt it was exciting for visitors to have views broken and come upon a new area. Mr McDowall and Mr Russell felt strongly Winkhurst needed a curtilage as an isolated pimple. Fruit trees and a hedge were suggested. AGREED specimen tree 8a45 should be planted nearer Winkhurst to form the edge to a curtilage.
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