One of the planter trenches being dug at Bridge Cottage.

Dwarf walls and drain will reduce flood risk at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield

New dwarf walls and a ‘substantial’ drain outside them will help reduce the threat of flooding to Bridge Cottage, Uckfield.

So says the latest update on progress of restoration work at the historic cottage which is situated beside the River Uck, writes Cathy Watson.

River Uck speeding past Bridge Cottage January 5, 2016

Bridge Cottage next to the River Uck. This picture was taken earlier this week when the water was speeding past.

Excavation work has begun in front of the cottage for the walls which will be built for planter gardens.

“These planters are to both delineate the ‘garden’ of the property and provide some flood protection for the building.

“Outside of this wall we will be installing a substantial drain (rather like a covered moat) to, again, try to reduce the threat of floods to the building. With the recent rains there is some urgency to get these measures in place.”

The project update continues saying that most of the brick pavers are now laid inside along with quarry tile floors in the potential wet areas of kitchen, back porch and toilets.


Brick pavers laid in the reception area at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield.

A gang of decorators have been applying lime-wash to ceilings and walls.

“Lime-wash is a natural paint product but, unlike domestic emulsion, you do need several coats to cover the surface and each takes quite a time to dry.

“Quite a bit of the inside has been lime-washed but there are still a lot of ‘fiddly bits’ to cover. And of course the new rendered area outside will need a few coats when it stops raining.”

Since the majority of plastering and wattle and daub work has been completed the new main staqircase has also been installed to provide an entrance to the Hall Chamber.


Old stairs at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, are cut down to provide cellar steps.

The ground sourced heat pump was connected and bore holes charged up with brine. Commissioning has started but heat is yet to be sent through the underfloor pipes as everything needs to be ar the right moisture content to avoid breaking ties.

“Even when the moisture is right, it will all be a very gradual process to allow the building to dry out slowly.”


Bore holes at Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, are filled with saline solution.

This month the aim is to complete inside work and get the new water main connected to the blue pipe that has been in place at the cottage for many months.”

Bridge Cottage, a 15th century timber-framed grade II listed building, is being restored by Uckfield and District Preservation Society to create a heritage centre and meeting place for the community. It will also be registered for wedding ceremonies.

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