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1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Mr & Mrs Plewis / Mr Walker reported that Mr & Mrs Plewis had decided to leave Kent and move near the museum where Mr Plewis would like to do part-time work. They wanted to buy a small house and the Committee AGREED to keep a look-out.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Priorities / The Kirdford cattle shed would provide the most useful building for Mr Champion's workshop. It was felt that the Kirdford cattle shed, the Crawley barn and the Titchfield Old Market Hall should be dealt with in the order they came to hand. The Hambrook barn and Pendean were less important but could be worked on if time and labour allowed.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Timbers in store / The Committee RECOMMENDED that all timbers in store should be treated, restacked and properly covered before next winter.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Bridge Cottage, Uckfield / The local society have requested the museum to write supporting their case for the preservation. AGREED that Mr Lowe should write on behalf of the museum and that Mr Armstrong should write a personal letter.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Insurance of volunteers / Mr Walker will investigate the problem of insuring volunteers doing dismantling work away from the museum and will advise Mr Lowe.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Area of site leased from Edward James Foundation / Mr Heymann will make an official approach to the Foundation to explore the possibility of extending the leased area.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Hambrook Barn / Mr Armstrong reported that this 17thC barn was in good condition and was of a type that should be represented at the museum. The cost of dismantling and transport would be about
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Ruth Cottage / Mr Armstrong reported that the Robertsbridge Archaeological Society had agreed to draw and mark this building. The East Sussex County Council would arrange to have the building dismantled and delivered to the Charlton store. The Committee RECOMMENDED the acquisition of this house.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Hangleton house / Mr Armstrong reported that Mr Tilley had now volunteered to supervise the reconstruction of the Hangleton house from mid July to mid August. Efforts were now being made to recruit students who would undertake the work.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Wheelwright's shop at Langton Green / Mr Walker reported that he was keeping in touch with Mrs Frost in the hope of acquiring some equipment.
1971/5SBC Minutes / 9 May 1971Proposed Siting: Hangleton Houses / Mr Armstrong's suggested siting of these two buildings at the west end of the museum site was accepted
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Lavatories / AGREED that Longleys should do all the work and that Mr. Champion should only be called on to give advice. For the roof plain tiles should be used and bought in if necessary. A lavatory for the disabled should either be included in the car park block or in a separate building at Mr. Warren's discretion. Suggested that an old pump should be used for supplying drinking water. The Bayleaf lavatory units should be built immediately after the car park block and temporarily clad until the Kirdford hovel became available.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Car Park / Mr Warren presented a plan showing the layout of the enlarged car park.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Storage / Mr Armstrong reported that storage had been acquired at Charlton Mill but was only guaranteed for one year.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Southwater Forge and Wheelwright's Shop / AGREED that the forge should be reconstructed using as much of the original material as possible (desirable). Should a more interesting forge ever be found it could replace the Southwater forge, keeping the brick forge and pavement.
Mr Walker reported that there was probably a fifty-fifty chance that Mr Plewis would move to Sussex. Mr Walker had inspected another wheelwright's shop at Langton Green, near Tonbridge Wells. Mr Frost, the wheelwright, had recently died and Mr Walker thought that Mrs Frost would sell the equipment to the museum at scrap prices. There was a great deal of material that would supplement Mr Plewis's equipment. A group of experts are to examine the Crawley Barn to decide how it should be reconstructed. If it is rebuilt as a medieval house it could house the wheelwright's shop until a suitable barn can be found.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Braces for Bayleaf / Mr Champion said he was having difficulty in finding a timber yard who would cut the large braces needed for Bayleaf. One or two members agreed to look around.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Bornes / Mr Armstrong reported that dismantling was under way and that the first load of materials would be delivered to the museum on 8th February.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Working area / Mr Champion suggested that a working area should be set aside where equipment and materials could be kept. Proper access and electricity were essential. An area at the west end of the site seemed most promising, if level enough. The Director would find out the cost of bringing electricity to this area.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Tree planting / Mr Warren said that an orchard should be planted to screen Bayleaf from the Pendean site and medlars, quinces, apples, plums and a mulberry were suggested. Further planting was also required to screen the car park and to soften the line of the new fence where hawthorn was suggested. Mr Champion thought that cheap trees might be obtained from Barnham's Nursery. It was also suggested that advice be sought from Mr Kessler and the West Sussex Horticultural Society.
1971/2SBC Minutes / 7 February 1971Barns / AGREED that one or more barns, interesting in themselves and in sound condition, were needed by the museum for both display and storage. Mr Armstrong was asked to pursue the offer of a small barn from Little Woolborough Farm due to be demolished for road widening. Mr Longley said he would make enquiries with the appropriate authority.
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