Architect Tom Drysdale and Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre chairman Mick Harker at the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards ceremony on Thursday. Picture: Chris Lawson.

Restoration of Bridge Cottage highly commended in heritage awards

The restoration of Uckfield’s Bridge Cottage was highly commended in the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards which were announded on Thursday.

The judges said of the scheme: “An excellent heritage project for the town of Uckfield, the result of a dedicated team working for many years to secure funding. The attention to detail was generally good. The benefit to the community will be long lasting.”

Twenty-six awards and 16 highly commended projects were announced at an awards ceremony in Pyecombe.

Restoration of Bridge Cottage Tom Drysdale Mick Harker and Lord Egremont

Bridge Cottage chairman Mick Harker and architect Tom Drysdale accept their highly commended award from Lord Egremont at the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2017.

They recognised fine examples of conservation, preservation and rejuvenation projects across the two counties of East and West Sussex, and the city of Brighton and Hove.

2017 winners included Hound Lodge in Goodwood, Chichester; the i360 in Brighton and the Depot Cinema in Lewes.


Bridge Cottage, which dates back to 1436 and was lived in until the 1970s, was saved from demolition by Uckfield Preservation Society and a £1 million plus grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and another £¼ million from Uckfield Town Council enabled the restoration.

The cottage reopened last year as a heritage centre and has hosted a myriad of events since then including a wedding exhibition in April and an exhibition on World Wars 1 and 2 in February.

Today, as part of Uckfield Festival’s Big Day Out there will be stocks outside the historic building where you can have your picture take while surrounded by costumed guards.

Next Saturday a time capsule is to be buried outside the cottage. It will be filled with contributions from local schools and community groups to show future generations what life was like in Uckfield in 2017.

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