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1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Buildings for Consideration: Binsted Roundhouse / Was first discussed by the Committee in 1968/69 and was considered worthy of acquisition. The owner requested a few days ago that it should be removed urgently. An emergency decision was made to dismantle it with the help of volunteers and this is taking place today.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Buildings for Consideration: Little Woolborough Barn / Was constructed mainly of re-used timbers. Some of the materials have been salvaged and are stored on the Museum site.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Buildings for Consideration: Chilcomb Granary / The tiles have been taken down and the roof covered with felt. The structure may be dismantled and transported during April '72. Suitable for re-erection in association with Pendean.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Buildings for Consideration: Bignor Stable / Messrs Lowe and Champion have inspected this and consider it of poor quality. Some stone, Tudor bricks and certain timber braces may be worth salvaging; this will be decided and arranged by Messrs Armstrong and Champion.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Buildings for Consideration: Hambrook Barn / Constitutes a suitable building to provide a Museum workshop, at least for the near future. Available for removal now and a quotation has been obtained for its dismantling by contractor.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Master Plan for the Museum Site / There was general agreement that a master plan for the whole site, prepared for the use of this Committee and subject to revision as necessary, would be helpful, but that such a plan should not be presented to the Planning authority. There was general discussion on drawings and suggestions previously circulated by Mr Warren.
An immediate problem was a site for Hambrook Barn. Mr Rigold felt its design made it unsuitable to be associated with Bayleaf. Mr Champion proposed that, if it was to be used as a workshop, it should be sited in the craft area. A working party was formed to consider the details.
1971/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1971Bure Valley Reservoir development / Mr Rigold referred to the Bure Valley Reservoir development and the possibility that some of the buildings involved would be of value to the Museum. Understood that Mr Martin is already investigating.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Progress of the Appeal
Public opening of the Museum for 1971 / By the end of December 1970 the museum had raised
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Progress on Historic Buildings / By the opening last autumn there were four main buildings [Winkhurst, Treadwheel, Toll Cottage and Littlehampton Granary], the charcoal burner's camp and the Saxon Weaver's hut. Since then Roger Champion has erected the Lurgashall Shed, where he is working on Bayleaf. He has been helped by Anthony Simmons and Alan Olford. Messrs Longley will then erect the frame. Mrs K. Bonsey gave Mr R. J. Sharp's library of books about Sussex to the Museum. We plan to enlarge the Charcoal site, and are starting on Hangleton. After Bayleaf Roger Champion will work on a barn to house the wheelwright's tools of Mr Plewis.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Private View for the Friends
Public opening of the Museum for 1971 / The Museum will be open to the Friends on 22nd and 23rd May, including guided tours by Roy Armstrong and John Lowe.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Future Publications / By next May the Museum will have produced a revised guide boook, a short guide book, a guide book for children, and a short guide to the nature trail. Charles Shippam has made a leaflet with a map of walks in the neighbourhood.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Volunteers urgently needed / The Museum will be manned during opening hours entirely by volunteers, and volunteer site work will continue in the spring and summer.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Growth of the Friends
Public opening of the Museum for 1971 / There are now 533 members.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Report on the Autumn opening 1970 / The experimental opening for six weekends was an unqualified success. 7,198 adults and children attended. More people visited on Sundays than Saturdays, with the peak on Sunday afternoons. On two Sundays more than 1,000 visitors came and even on the wettest Saturday there were 420 visitors.
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Development of the Museum Site / The Countryside Commission have offered to pay 15s in every
1971/1Newsletter Number One / Jan-Apr 1971Public Opening of the Museum for 1971
Public opening of the Museum for 1971 / The Museum will be open from 11am to 6pm on Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun, from 29 May to 31 October 1971.
1970/9Guidebook / 1970The Beeding Toll Cottage / The cottage was dismantled and moved into storage in January 1968 following an accident when a lorry caused severe damage with the result that the whole building had to be demolished. It is the last survivor of a common type of little weaterhboarded toll cottages in the Worthing-Horsham-Shoreham triangle. At the Museum it will serve as a ticket office and contain an exhibition. It was the first building dismantled by the volunteer labout group. The tollboard attached to the outside of the cottage originally came from the Northchapel tollhouse. The milestone exhibited near the tollhouse came from Erringham near Shoreham. It is inscribed "54" and came from the same stretch of road as the toll cottage.
1970/9Guidebook / 1970The Donkey or Treadhweel from Catherington, Hampshire / It came from a farm in Catherington. It was located between the farmhouse and the complex of barns and was in a very derelict condition. It stood over a well reputed to be 300ft deep. The wheel is said to have been last used some 80 years ago.
1970/9Guidebook / 1970Winkhurst Farm / The house was acquired in November 1967 and repaired and re-erected in March 1969. "There is no question that the original house which we have re-erected dates at least from the 15th century and possibly from the late 14th". Winkhurst Farm retains that name consistently in all documents from 1610 onwards and continues for over three centuries as a considerable farm of 72 acres or more. Perhaps it was originally either a) a small self-contained dower house, b) a self-contained domicile for a farm or craft worker, or c) a combined kitchen and living quarters for household staff atached to the farm. Points to note:
1) The orientation of the building on the edge of a valley has been preserved, and windows face north away from prevailing winds. 2) The partition between the upper floor and the hall was extended from tie beam to ridge at some time after the original construciton. 3) The internal wattle infill was of cleft oak staves and hazel wattle infill. 4) Repair work has used oak from the \\
1970/9Guidebook / 1970The Gipsy Caravan / This is of a type known as the Reading caravan. Nothing is known of the history of this caravan which had been abandoned on a farm at Lavington for 18 years before it was presented to the Museum by Mr Robertson, the farmer. It has been restored and painted for the Museum by Mr Jeff Lowe, with the help of students at Bishop Otter College.
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