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History / Walderton

Walderton, from the parish of Stoughton in West Sussex, is externally a c17th building with walls of flint & brick. Beneath this is a medieval timber framed building which is itself a replacement of part of an earlier building discovered during archaeological excavation of the site. The different phasing is shown in the exhibit building. The middle room has been designed to show the transition from a medieval to a c17th dwelling. Note the contrast between the soot blackened medieval hall & the whitewashed c17th accommodation.

Evidence for occupation of this house is confusing. In 1614 the ‘house, garden & orchard containing by estimation ½ an acre’ were in the occupation of John Catchlove, a husbandman who had an estate valued at a modest £28 14s when he died in 1634. The house as it was rebuilt seems too large for a man of this status (for whom a cottage like Poplar would have been more typical). Moreover, his probate inventory suggests that he was living in a two roomed house. It is possible that he was still living in the medieval hall & that the flint & brick alterations were not done until c.1646 when William Catchlove mortgaged the property for £20 (i.e. raised a secure loan).

Suggested Topics

  • Unit 2 What were homes like long ago?

Workshops Featuring this Building

Victorian Cooking   Details
Victorian Rural Life

 Food and Cooking module


Other Information

Fireplaces The Museum's buildings contain examples of the development of fireplaces from a simple open hearth through smoke bays to chimneys.  A tangible example of design evolution. Details

Detailed Research

For more details of the archaeology of this building and more on the Catchloves who lived in it click here