My very favourite outing from last week was our trip to the Weald and Download Open Air Museum, at Singleton. It is a museum of buildings, local to this area. They have been rescued from demolition and painstakingly rebuilt here in the most gorgeous downland setting. A recent improvement is the furnishing of the properties as they would have been at the time. Here is somewhere I would love to volunteer! But sadly it’s a bit too far away, about 45 minutes drive. However, the drive is through gorgeous countryside and as it was a such a gorgeous Spring day, we went on the motorbike.
Looking down at the ‘village’
The latest building is this cute little tin tabernacle. It is tiny! It is constructed of green corrugated tin.
This is a pair of farm labourers cottages from c1860. The left one has been stripped bare so you can see the construction, and the right one has been furnished. They are so small! Just 2 rooms downstairs (12 ft square) and 2 rooms upstairs! We found them fascinating.
This is Bayleaf, the most prestigious property there, and by far my favourite! It is a 16th century farmers house. The people who lived here would have been reasonably well off, and would have tended a few acres of land, and been involved in the local community. If I could go back in history, this is where I would go to! We have a painting of this house on our bedroom wall, that we bought years ago from a local art show!