Posted 17 September 2012 by Andrew Gardner
No this is not the latest addition to our own portfolio of Sussex holiday cottages!
The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum,at Singleton, near Chichester, is currently working on the reconstruction of ‘Tindalls Cottage’, an early 18th century home which will, when complete, become the latest addition to the Museum’s superb collection of rescued historic rural buildings. The project which began last autumn will celebrate a landmark stage this September, at a special public event – ‘Raising the Frame’ – next weekend of 22nd and 23rd September, during which the timber frame will be erected in its location on the site.
The Museum, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010, is England’s leading museum of historic buildings and traditional rural life. It is home to 50 original buildings which have been rescued from destruction and rebuilt in the heart of the South Downs National Park. Tindalls Cottage was dismantled in 1974 as a result of the construction of the BewlWater Reservoir, near Ticehurst in East Sussex and has been in store at the Museum ever since. The cottage is timber framed with a large stone and brick chimney and contains two rooms on each floor plus an attic. It dates from the late 17th or early 18th century and would have probably been originally the home of a labourer.
The timing of the project has been planned to maximise the opportunities for visitors to view the process and experience the re-erection of the frame. This will take place during the Raising the Frame weekend, which is sure to be a spectacular and unique occasion. It will give visitors the chance to view the timber structure as it is carefully put into position, and an opportunityto learn from the experts involved about the progress of the project.
Seeing the process might tempt you to try one of our cottages, some of which do have that traditional Sussex construction!