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Singleton August 21st  2011

We filled a minibus and needed a car for the overspill of members and volunteers who set off for Singleton, the home of the Weald Downlands Museum, near Chichester.

Driving through beautiful countryside we arrived at the open air museum to wander amongst the collection of historic buildings, the earliest dating from the 13th Century.

In typical style we started with coffee overlooking the picturesque lake, and then planned our tour around the 40 acre site trying to take in some of the talks that were scheduled to take place in some of the dwellings.  We heard that the buildings had been carefully dismantled and transported to the museum to be restored and reconstructed. 

These were not the grand houses, but many simple homes that had been occupied by peasant farmers and artisans, also schoolhouses, mills and homes of the more prosperous.  Somehow the good old days became more appealing to know that the buttery had nothing to do with butter making, but was where the butts of beer and wine were stored.

There was plenty to see on the one-day visit, leaving more to see another day.

Report by Jonathan Dutton

Website for Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton

Report on previous visit to Singleton 2004

Mediaeval House at Singleton

Pictured above - The Mediaeval House at
Singleton based on a building from

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