Weald and Downland

Nothing to do with Des and Mick!

The Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Singleton, West Sussex, was launched in 1967. It rescues historic buildings from around the South East threatened with demolition, dismantling them and rebuilding them in their original form at the museum in a sympathetic environment.

The grounds cover 50 acres, and now contains nearly 50 exhibits dating from the 13th to the 19th century. For more information, please visit the museum's own website.

The twelve photographs in this gallery date from 1988. They were taken using a 35mm camera.

A general view of the 'market place'. From left to right: House from Walderton, Sussex (15/17C); Shops from Horsham, Sussex (15C); Market Hall from Titchfield, Hampshire (17C); Upper Hall from Crawley, Sussex (15C); Medieval House from North Cray, Kent (15C).

Market Hall from Titchfield, Hampshire (17C).

Two medieval shops from Horsham, Sussex (15C).

Medieval House from North Cray, Kent (15C).

House from Walderton, Sussex (15C/17C). The dismantling and re-erection of this building was covered in a 1982 episode of the BBC's 'Chronicle' series.

Granary from Littlehampton, Sussex (18C).

'Pendean' farmhouse from Midhurst, Sussex (17C).

'Bayleaf' Wealden house from Chiddingtone, Kent (15C), which originally stood on the site of the Bough Beech Reservoir.

Hall from Boarhunt, Hampshire (15C).

Watermill from Lurgashall, Sussex (17C).

Barn from Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire (17 or 18C).

From left to right: Barn from Hambrook, Sussex (18C); Medieval House from North Cray, Kent (15C); Building from Lavant, Sussex (17C); House Extension from Reigate, Surrey (17C) - still undergoing reconstruction at this time; Pugmill House from Redford, Sussex (19C); and in the distance, Winkhurst Farm from Chiddingstone, Kent (15C), the first building to be reconstructed in 1969; in 2002 it was moved to a different part of the museum, close to the Bayleaf house.

Images copyright © Robert Williams 1988