Insulating layers are now hiding a skeleton of rafters on Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, which used to be visible as the sun went down behind the building each day.
The whole roof was removed to allow repairs to the structure and to install an insulation layer – made from sheep’s wool – before re-tiling. When the work is done plastic that is shrouding and protecting the building will be romoved.
When complete it is expected that 17,000 tiles will be on the roof – many of them carrying messages and signed by townspeople who took part in a Sponsor a Tile campaign.
The Grade II building is being restored by Uckfield Preservation Society thanks to a grant of more than £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The building will re-open as a heritage centre offering a range of activities and means of interpretation to enable all sectors of Uckfield to understand and appreciate their heritage.
These will include educational programmes, local history and craft events, and the creation of an heritage hub for historical research.
People will also be able to marry in Civil Ceremonies conducted there.
Read more about work done at Bridge Cottage in a previous Uckfield News story here: Skeleton roof of Bridge Cottage, Uckfield, clearly visible as work progresses.
And see a picture here of the cottage before it was hidden behind hoarding and plastic covered scaffolding: Bridge Cottage is left to its ghosts before builders arrive.