Uckfield Preservation Society, which is working hard to secure a grant to pay for the restoration of the town’s historic Bridge Cottage, is conducting a survey about its future.
The society is trying to establish how much people already know about the 15th century landmark and how they would like to see it used once restored.
A variety of options have been drawn up, all with the aim of drawing the public into Bridge Cottage, a timber-framed single-aisle Wealden hall house, which was saved from demolition by a public fund-raising campaign carried out by the preservation society and Uckfield Town Council in 1983.
Weddings could be held there and other ideas include providing meeting spaces, encouraging school visits, open days and history exhibitions, craft-based activities for children during the holidays, birthday parties and adult education classes.
Lottery funding of nearly £945,000 has been earmarked towards the restoration of Bridge Cottage and a grant of £23,300 has been awarded to help the Uckfield and District Preservation Society progress its plans to apply for the full grant.
Detailed proposals will be considered by the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year, and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily, and according to the original proposal, the award for the project will be confirmed.
Once the restoration is complete the building should look much as it did in the 1600s but will benefit from the inclusion of “discreet modern upgrades”.
A photographic record will be kept throughout the project to show the use of traditional skills such as wattle and daub work and green oak activities.
A 360 degree virtual tour will give visitors the option of exploring the building themselves or to take a pre-programmed tour and a visual database, accessible by mobile phone QR codes , will enhance the educational and other visitors’ experience of the cottage.
If you would like to take part in the survey you can find it online here or please call into Bridge Cottage – which is open each Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10am and 4pm – or the town council offices to pick up a hard copy.
If you would like to be involved in the Bridge Cottage project or to be kept up to date with progress please email your contact details to email@example.com.
Bridge Cottage has a website. Find it here.
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