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1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Tilthammer / Needs a new position, which could be to the west of the header-pond.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Chilcomb granary / Could be associated with Pendean, as one of its agricultural buildings.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Wheelwright's shop / A position for this must await a definite site for the village.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Lurgashall Mill / Between the lake and the header pond.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Pevensey Windmill / Has recently been offered to the Museum. The restoration drawing suggests that it could be both visually attractive and an interesting working exhibit. An estimate for reconstruction has been obtained, but more precise information on certain aspects is desirable. Committee decided in favour of accepting the structure if further enquiry by Mr Armstrong reveals no unforeseen snags. If the mill should be reconstructed as a working model, there would be an element of danger in the rotating of the sweeps near to the ground. It would be necessary to prevent the public from approaching too closely. On the whole, members did not favour siting the mill on the island in the lake, but AGREED that it should be near the lake so that it could appear to function naturally in raising water.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under construction - Titchfield Market Hall / Close examination of the timbers during repair work makes it clear that the original structure was fully gabled and not half-hipped. Other interesting details of the original construction have become apparent. The Committee AGREED that it is desirable to restore the building to its original appearance as far as this can be ascertained, and that the later goal on the ground floor should be left out. There was some debate on the general issue of how to deal with features for which there is inadequate surviving evidence. Attitudes to restoration are constantly changing, but basically there seem to be two possibilities - to create a substitute which is feasible and as similar to the original as present knowledge can suggest; or to include something which is obviously foreign in order to stimulate speculation on the nature of the original. It was felt that the use of modern materials could in some cases give a wrong visual impression or could suggest e \\
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under construction - Hambrook Barn / The contractor will start dismantling shortly and the timbers will be stacked near the planned re-erection site. Mr Lowe reported that the Carnegie Trust had not yet indicated whether they would help in financing this project. As the Museum would not have the capital to proceed without their help, nothing definite could be started until their decision is known.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under consideration - Bridge Cottage, Uckfield / The Council have leased the building to Uckfield Preservation Society in the hope that it will give them the opportunity to raise the funds to preserve it locally. Should this venture fail, the building will be offered to the Museum.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under consideration - Tyndall Cottage, Bewl Reservoir / The Water Company will give the building, and Robertsbridge Archaeological Society will undertake surveying and dismantling. The Committee recommends this building be accepted with the intention of eventual re-erection at the Museum, and that in the meantime adequate storage of the timbers must be a priority.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Buildings under consideration - Ball Tree Cottage, Sompting / Survey reveals that this building is not suitable for inclusion in the Museum.
1972/2SBC Minutes / 27 February 1972Development Plan conclusions - Hambrook Barn / Immediately west of the car-park lavatories; one of the two roundhouses would be a suitable companion in this position.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972A note on Titchfield Market Hall / One & a half page account of the history of Titchfield Hall by Roy Armstrong. It had been moved and lost the bottom of its posts and the pads. We know that there had been an oriel window at the end, but are uncertain about its details and the decorative pendants. Plan is to replace uncertain features marking added timber R for replacement & C for conjecture
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972A Useful Book List / The National Council of Social Services has issued a useful booklet "Crafts, Trades and Industries" by Andrew Jewell Price 13p
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Horse-power at the Museum / Kim Leslie reports on the horse driven equipment. 2 horse gins: a chaff-cutter from Lingfield and a pug-mill from East Grinstead from late 19th century.
2 gin houses from Binstead and South Berstead had been built on the side of barns.
Just accepted mid-19th C horse-gin from Patching
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972The Object Collection / Chris Zeuner says that the plan is to concentrate on craft and agricultural items. We have complete wheelwright's workshop and contents of a cooperage
Classification based on modified version of that used at the Museum of English Rural Life.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Lurgashall Mill / One and a half page account of Lurgashall Mill by John Warren. In 1968 floods surged over dam doing serious damage.
Dating uncertain: roof 18th or late 17th C. masonry similar but also much 19th C brickwork; iron wheel 19th C;
Only the upper pond in the Museum is partially formed.
Orientation difficult with wheel (the more interesting view) facing the road.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Round up of Progress / Hambrook Barn. Thatching by Jarvis & Jarvis
Kirdford Sheds frame under Peter Parrish
Bayleaf daubing
The potters plan new kiln for next year
Education Committee set up
Shed for Volunteers
Cover photograph of Mr. Langridge charcoal burning
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Charcoal / Matto Denton describes a 24 hour charcoal burn run by Mr & Mrs Langridge on 11th September. After 24 hours 20 cwt of lovely metallic charcoal was revealed.
1972/11Volunteers' News No. 1 / November 1972Charcoal Burn / Cover picture shows Mr Langridge charcoal burning near his home, just after the last war.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Further consideration of the Master Plan / The site plan as shown on the drawing produced by Mr Warren was accepted by the Committee with the proviso that the area west of site 9 should be considered merely provisional until such time as plans to position particular buildings there were being discussed. The Committee felt the plan should be circulated to the Council of Management, who would no doubt decide whether it should be informally released to the County Council.
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