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1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Working area for Master Carpenter / Use of the area around the workshop for storage of materials and for the volunteers' vehicles and camping has left insufficient space for the laying out of timbers of a building such as Pendean. AGREED volunteers be required to park their cars on the verges of the track alongside Gonville Cottage. A temporary extension of the working area, bounded by a barbed-wire fence, may be necessary for the work on the Pendean frame.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Pendean / Committee RECOMMENDS Pendean be sited at position 9 on the Site Plan, and space be reserved for the Chilcombe granary to be associated with it.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Titchfield Market Hall / Mr Armstrong and Mr Warren reported on the latest position concerning the completion of this building. As Mr Greiner will in any case not wish to be involved in the detail or the infilling, it is inevitable that others must carry out the work on the building, and there seems little point in asking him to return. There is no further contractural obligation on Mr Greiner nor on the Museum. AGREED that Mr Greiner be released, as diplomatically as possible, from any further responsibility in this connection. A local contractor, as suggested by Mr Armstrong, should be approached to quote for completing the work. Mr Rigold referred to possible adverse criticism of the Museum if Mr Greiner's very forthright views concerning this reconstruction should receive publicity. Proposed that Mr Rigold be asked if he would kindly publish a paper on the problems of reconstructing buildings with special reference to the alternative principles which may influence decisions in the many instances w \\
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Pottery working area / Congestion on the north and west sides of Bayleaf is obvious. Pottery working there was a temporary expedient, but removal to the northern site will necessitate provision of a building. AGREED pottery working continue where it is during 1973 but with a definite and visible limitation of the area the potters use. Plans should be made during 1973 for the allocation of space and a building in the permanent site near the forge.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Treatment of Bayleaf curtilage / AGREED the same academic criteria be applied to planning an orchard or garden as was normal practice in decisions about buildings. The garden laid out last summer was not a success. Trimmed box hedging would perhaps be appropriate but a firm undertaking about maintenance would be essential. The planting of an orchard of suitable trees should proceed, especially as the '1973 Plant-a-Tree campaign' was producing offers of trees. Proposed a traditional field hedgerow be planted around the south-west boundary of Bayleaf curtilage so that the Museum might display an example of hedge-laying. Garderobe: provision of a duct to the ground - discussion deferred.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Re-erection of Crawley building / Arrangements are in hand in Crawley to launch a local appeal to finance this. The contribution from the New Towns Commission has been received.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Metalling of the road / The Council have approved. AGREED the road should be of single lane width (i.e. nine feet) with little ditches at each side, it should have about six inches of hogging, and should be finished level with the ground on either side.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Grading of slope around Hambrook barn / AGREED the front and sides be graded and grassed for the Museum's opening in 1973, and the area between the carpark road and the ramp be graded up.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Development of hazel-coppicing / A plan was proposed to develop an area of hazel in association with the woodland craft exhibit. The hazel would be managed on a seven-year coppicing rotation, in a position east of the charcoal burners' camp. The Committee approved the proposal, assuming it would not interfere with the hornbeam stands, and would welcome details of the layout and area to be used.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972A Schools' Work Area / Mr Zeuner requested the Committee to consider allocating an area in the north-west corner of the Museum's land for the temporary use of schools. The suggestion was that a pilot scheme might investigate whether it is feasible for a practical project to be carried out by school parties. The site would be required for this experimental use from May to July 1973. The Committee saw no objection to this experiment providing it was not unsightly.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972Consideration of the Master Site Plan - Camping and Caravan Area / A certain amount of camping and caravanning seems to be essential to the operation of the volunteer arrangements, but it was emphasised that close supervision and control should be exercised, especially in respect of possible trespass into the Estate woodland. AGREED: no request for extension of the Museum's land be made at this juncture; a suggested site on derelict garden in front of Gonville Cottage would present too many problems; caravans be allowed to use the top bay of the existing carpark; tents be catered for by the levelling and grassing of an area to the west of the south-west corner of the carpark; multi-strand barbed wire be fixed along the Museum's boundary in this area and suitable notices erected.
1972/10SBC Minutes / 22 October 1972A Saxon Hall / AGREED an exhibit demonstrating the size and finish of the type of hall being excavated at Chalton Down would be an informative complement to the weaving hut. The Archaeological Committee might be requested to furnish a detailed plan. It would obviously be of benefit to associate the two exhibits - a site even closer to the weaving hut (i.e. on the same side of the track) might be preferable.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Hambrook Barn / Mr Lowe reported that the Hambrook Barn is most suitable for a Museum display unit. He outlined prospects for raising the sum necessary to reconstruct it (
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Ruth Cottage / Mr Armstrong reported that the County Council were negotiating with Mr Lewis concerning the reconstruction. The Museum would not be further involved unless the arrangements collapse.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Status and scope of the Buildings and Site Planning Committee / Mr Warren proposed that the Committee should discuss his letter of 13th January with its enclosed analysis, and his further letter of 16th January. The conclusion reached as a result of a meeting of the Chairman of the Council and a delegation of the Buildings and Site Planning Committee was that the structure of the Council should be examined as well as that of all its Committees. A lengthy discussion (see hard copy or PDF of Minutes) resulted in a revision of Mr Warren's 16th January letter.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Site for Village Group / Mr Armstrong demonstrated four sites possible for the Village Group in the area to the west of the Toll Cottage within the boundary shown on the County Council map as negotiable. Mr Warren presented a map showing feasible sites to the north and south of this area. After all these possibilities were discussed in great detail Mr Lowe undertook to report the views to the Council of Management.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Titchfield Market Hall / Mr Greiner will commence repair of the timbers at the beginning of February. Whether or not to include the gaol construction on the ground floor was debated, and it was decided to await a report from Mr Greiner after his examination of the timbers. The final location of the building must depend on the decision regarding the Village Group. This and the decision on the type of floor to be installed were deferred until the next meeting.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Barn at Quarry Dean Farm, Merstham / A single-aisled, three-bay barn of the 18thC, which could well form part of the Bayleaf farm complex. AGREED that Mr Champion should examine it and report to the next meeting.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Master Plan / Mr Lowe reported that the County Council would welcome a draft Master Plan for consideration in connection with the Village Group decision. A Master Plan will be the subject of a special meeting of this Committee.
1972/1SBC Minutes / 16 January 1972Toll Cottage / Mr Warren recommended the reinstatement of the original form of this building. After discussion, it was AGREED that this should be done ultimately; but for the time being it was indispensible in its present state for use as a shop.
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