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1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Ashurst Granary / This three-bay wagon shed with granary above had been offered to the Museum by the owner as an alternative to offering it for sale for conversion for modern use. The roof is of part Horsham slab and part later tile, but it is likely the building was originally entirely roofed with Horsham slab. The timbers are in good condition and some wattle and daub panels remain. The building had probably originally been boarded on both long sides, with wagons entering from both ends. AGREED the Museum should accept the building and that the owner should be given reasonable notice of its dismantling. Mr Russell suggested an architectural student in his practice might like to draw the building and be present at the dismantling. The Director said it was hoped to dismantle the structure using either volunteers/part staff.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Siting of Boarhunt / John Warren recommended that we reconsider the siting of Boarhunt Cottage which he felt was inadvisedly sited in the light of land use considerations that may in the future affect the Museum. No details are available and the Committee was asked to treat the matter as confidential. Mr Heymann agreed and explained that Mr Warren and he were giving this information at this stage so that the Museum should not site a building in a position that it may later regret. Mr Warren proposed a site for the building to the south of the clump of trees behind Bayleaf but members felt this was a prime site for a larger and more important building. It was decided, after a vote was taken, not to depart from the previously agreed site.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Lime Washing of Winkhurst / Mr Champion explained Bayleaf had been successfully lime-washed on a yearly basis, the mixture of lime, tallow and cow dung reinforcing the daub beneath. It was known that buildings in medieval times were sometimes lime-washed over the timbers too and it was considered that this experiment could be carried out on Winkhurst as a way of demonstrating to the public that not all buildings were "black and white". Members felt it worth carrying out the experiment and the Director said it would be explained in the guide book. It was felt the use of a water repellant preservative could be beneficially used on the sole plate before the application of the lime wash.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Temporary extension of office accommodation / The committee accepted the proposal for temporary additional office accommodation to cope with the Museum's increasing stock problems, and difficulties arising from restricted space and privacy in the present office. The proposal had been accepted by the Council of Management. It was considered that a "portakabin" type of structure could be bought reasonably cheaply and the Director envisaged it would serve as office accommodation for five to ten years. The proposed site was set back from the granary and protruding into the shrubbery on the other side of the exit roadway which would be blocked off by the building. The site was considered best because of its close proximity to services.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Ticket Kiosk / The Director reported that he favoured a central ticket kiosk at the car park entrance to increase security of volunteer stewards and cash. The present arrangement had been criticised by security experts. This method would involve widening the entrance and lopping branches and would have the advantage of enabling two volunteers to sell tickets from the same kiosk. No major trees would have to be felled. Mr Warren did not agree with the proposal and said he would like to see the Toll Cottage moved, a chimney inserted and the building used as a ticket kiosk, placed just in front of the present one, on the Museum side of the belt of trees dividing the main site from the car park. Mr McDowall felt the window opening on the Toll Cottage was too small to ticket and guide book selling, and a second kiosk would still be needed on the other side of the entrance at peak times. He felt it was not a solution to the existing problem. Mr Armstrong felt the difficulties of restoring the building to its \\
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976North Cray / There was still no decision from the local authority on the future of this dismantled building. AGREED to ask Mr Tester to inspect the timbers in the meantime.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Wiston Wagon Shed / This building was now dismantled and in store at the Museum. A wagon shed from the Wiston Estate, it is in better condition than the one from Selsey. The Museum acted quickly to save the building after the owner stated his intention of removing the tiles. He later offered the building to the Museum.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Robertsbridge Barn / This barn, inspected by David Martin, is now to be re-erected on a new site within the locality.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Hambledon (Surrey) Barn and Wagon Shed / Mr Harris had visited the barn and wagon shed to offer advice to the owners. The wagon shed had now been acquired by someone who wished to convert it to a garage.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Clements Farmhouse / AGREED this building should be accepted by the Museum provided further investigation showed the building to be suitably complete. The house stands on the edge of a quarry near Rochester, Kent, owned by Blue Circle Cement, who have offered to pay for the dismantling costs of the building. The local authority had indicated they were unlikely to oppose quarry extraction on the land on which the building stood. It was also felt that its position close to a 200ft sheer drop would make it an undesirable place for a potential purchaser to consider. Mr Harris had been investigating the building and reported it was a two-bay hall and crosswing jettied in the front and long elevations. A cross passage 4ft 6ins ran the whole length of the wing which was 25ft long. The crosswing framing seemed complete including spere posts framing the entrance to the hall. It was difficult to assess the condition and completeness of the building because it was covered with a hard concrete rendering which prev \\
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976List of buildings desirable for the Museum / A list of building types thought desirable for the Museum had been drawn up by the working group discussing broad future policy for the Museum and would eventually come before the committee for members' comments.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976The Platt - Hazel Cottages / AGREED the offer of this building should be accepted by the Museum. The Platt is a small cottage from Horsell, near Woking, Surrey and is thought to be a little-altered one-bay building with smoke bay, a type typical in this part of Surrey. The building is scheduled grade three and is in use as a garden shed. It has become rather dilapidated and some of the timber is in poor condition. However, the smoke bay is fairly complete. Sooting exists on the panels and it was hoped these could be brought to the Museum intact. Mr McDowall felt it was an important building for the Museum to exhibit but the practical problems involved were considerable. The framing of the front and back wall was sparse. Mr Harris felt the building was beyond preservation in situ and dismantling was an urgent requirement to prevent it deteriorating further. The Director felt the use of a consolidating material could help preserve as much of the timber as possible. The building was being offered to t \\
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Lavant Building / AGREED the building would be better sited with its door facing southwards. This would be a more logical entrance way into the building and would orientate the building in its right relationship to the Museum road.
1976/10SBC Minutes / 24 October 1976Fountains Farm Barn / AGREED the Museum should accept the offer of the barn and its cattle shed, but not the granary which completed the group. This building was in poor condition and similar in type to the Goodwood Granary already at the Museum.
The buildings constitute an isolated farm group in Kirdford. Both are in good condition and well roofed and it was felt they could remain on site, with the farmer's agreement, until 1978. The Director felt the two buildings could be grouped together at the Museum, perhaps behind Bayleaf.
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Siting of Buildings - Wiston Wagon Shed, Ashurst Granary, Sheffield Park saw pit / Mr Zeuner said he would like to see the three buildings being re-erected at the Museum when the Mill and Crawley Hall projects were complete. (a) Wiston Wagon Shed - now in store. A site in the forge/stable complex was suggested to replace the Selsey Waggon Shed which had been demolished during re-erection by a particularly strong gale. (b) Ashurst Granary, on which numbering and drawing had now begun. Two sites were considered possible - one at right angles to the proposed site for a barn, backing on to Bayleaf, and the other parallel with the site track on the opposite side in front of the oak tree. (c) Sheffield Saw Pit, which was in the process of being dismantled. The covered pit fitted into a yard environment rather than a forest environment. Mr Warren felt it would be better sited in the woods near the present saw pit. Mr Zeuner felt it should be sited in the forge area but away from the lower lake because of the \\
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Ticket Kiosk/Toll Cottage / (see memoranda by Mr Armstrong, Mr Zeuner, and Mr Warren, with drawing). Mr Warren explained he did not favour widening the present entrance to the car park or using a new building in preference to an older structure. He felt the Toll Cottage must be re-built to include its chimney, whether or not it was to be used as a paying booth at the entrance to the car park. Mr Armstrong agreed the widening of the entrance was far from ideal and said he felt the two issues of the ticket kiosk problem and the future of the Toll Cottage should be looked at as separate issues. He put forward a suggestion for a new slightly larger ticket kiosk, with concrete floor and security facilities on the site of the present one and this kiosk to be moved on to the opposite side of the entrance to cope with peak traffic flow. He felt the tandem approach suggested by Mr Warren was not suitable. Mr Zeuner said there were also problems connected with Mr Warren's proposed siting of the Toll Cottage becau \\
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Langrish Dovecote / Mrs Hallam reported damage to the Langrish Dovecote becoming more pronounced. Subsidence had increased, cracks in the walls were opening up and tiles slipping from the roof which meant the building was no longer weatherproof. She explained that when the issue had first arisen two years ago the planning authority had stated preservation would not be possible unless the owner was willing to contribute to the cost. Their present opinion was similar but an officer of the County Council was sympathetic to the building's preservation in situ. The building, thought to have been built in the 16thC, was listed. Nesting boxes were complete and the construction of the building was intricate. Dismantling of the structure would require shoring up the slipping hill beneath the dovecote. It was accepted the building was an important one and was also a dominant feature of the landscape. Col. Jefferis said the Downsmen were particularly interested in buildings of the downland and may be able to off \\
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Temporary office building / Mr Warren reported the building would be due for delivery at the end of January and that the planning application had been submitted to the planning authority.
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Clements Farm / Mr Warren raised the issue of informing the relevant authorities concerning building preservation. The Committee AGREED to continue to attach great importance to ensuring in situ preservation.
1976/12SBC Minutes / 4 December 1976Hazel Cottage, The Platt / Mr West had agreed to guide the owner on the question of applying for outline planning permission. Survey work on the building could begin after this stage. AGREED the question of weatherproofing should be investigated to prevent further decay.
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