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History / Medieval Buildings at the Museum
 
 

BAYLEAF

 

An example of a furnished medieval farmhouse belonging to a prosperous yeoman in late medieval times. This building is very popular and lots of schools wish to use it every day, so please be prepared for delays. If you would like sole use of Bayleaf, it is possible to book it in the winter.

COWFOLD BARN

A typical late medieval barn from the Wealden area. Its main purpose was for storage and threshing crops, although when empty it may have been used for animals. Inside the barn are examples of harvesting, threshing and winnowing implements used in this period. It has been linked with Bayleaf farmhouse to form a typical late-medieval Wealden farmstead.

NORTH CRAY

This is an excellent example of a medieval hall-house, which was extremely common in the 15th century. In the medieval period many houses were built with a structure of four main bays made from timber, which included a buttery and pantry with an upper chamber in bay 1, an open hall in bays 2 & 3 and the solar or family sleeping quarters in bay 4.

BOARHUNT HALL An example of a medieval open hall. This building has a central cruck arch commonly used for buildings of this type in the medieval period. The cruck is a curved piece of timber which forms an arch to support the roof timbers.
HANGLETON COTTAGE

This cottage is a reconstruction of a flint cottage based on archaeological evidence from an excavation of a deserted medieval village. The cottage was built in the 13th Century, inhabited by a villein or someone of similar status, and abandoned in the 15th Century probably due to the Black Death.

WALDERTON

The house from Walderton has been interpreted in its two main phases, 15th century on the right hand side and 17th century on the left. It demonstrates the radical changes in living conditions between the 15th and 17th centuries.

SHOPS FROM HORSHAM

This building contains two 15th Century shops from a street called Butchers Row in Horsham. The smaller building on the right has access to the upper chambers, which may have been the owner's living accommodation. The larger shop on the left was probably rented out. The timbers at the back of the shop were very blackened indicating an open fire for either warmth or production of goods for sale such as meat, pies or bread.