Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith reveals the first of the murals on hoarding around Bridge Cottage, Uckfield. This one is by Framfield and Blackboys Primary Schools.

Bridge Cottage murals are unveiled

Murals created by children from eight schools were unveiled at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, yesterday.

They take pride of place on the grey hoarding surrounding the 15th century building which is being restored ready to open as a town heritage centre.

The primary schools involved in the project were Blackboys, Bonners, Fletching, Framfield, Manor, Rocks Park, St Philip’s and Skippers Hill.


Children from schools involved in the Bridge Cottage murals project who were there to see the unveiling ceremony yesterday. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Representatives from the schools watched as Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith unveiled the murals.

The children worked to the theme A Walk through Time, which was inspired by Sussex artist John Piper. They created panels reflecting their school in a local setting using logos, old photographs and local objects.

Borders inspired by paintings at Charleston Farm House can be seen around some of them.

Uckfield Community Technology College teacher Claire Summons, helped by college arts award students, facilitated a teacher’s art workshop to co-ordinate ideas but it was the children themselves who created the unique images.

Scaffolding cocoon

The whole project was organised by Natalie Katona with the aim of making schoolchildren aware of their heritage, the historic Bridge Cottage and its links with the community.

Today Bridge Cottage is shrouded in a scaffolding cocoon while restoration is being carried out. Later this year it will emerge as a facility able to offer a wide range of heritage events including some that will support local schools.

Uckfield Mayor Cllr Ian Smith congratulated the schools on their “magnificent achievements” as he revealed the murals.

The next opportunity to find out more about progress on the restoration project will be on Friday, May 8, at Uckfield Civic Centre when Uckfield Preservation Society chairman Mick Harker will give an illustrated talk on what has happened since work started in September.

Information about this event, the project and its progress is available at the Bridge Cottage websiteor at the society’s charity shop in the High Street.

Read more about the thinking behind the joint Blackboys and Framfield in a previous Uckfield News story here.

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