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Working Party: Day 3


Blustery weather greeted visitors to Sullington Manor Farm this morning for the Working Party Public Open Day but that didn’t deter them from getting stuck into our hands-on displays.

Visitors trying their hand at peg making

John and Henry Russell led a series of demos with their team that showcased traditional building techniques such as wattle and daub, timber hewing and peg making. Local blacksmith, Martin Fox demonstrated his craft to a rapt audience and Matt Ash talked the crowd through a Victorian window repair.

Demos at the Working Party Open Day

Henry Russell giving a timber hewing demonstration

There was a packed programme of talks and walks with Dave Green for the Sussex Moth Group kicking off the day with a fascinating lecture on the moths he had captured around Sullington the previous evening. Gail Kittle, owner of Sullington Manor, led tours around the farmstead throughout the day.

A highlight of the day was Geoff Gale abseiling down the exterior of the Saxon church, St Mary’s. He spent the day removing unsympathetic cement mortar that was causing damp issues inside the building.

Geoff Gale abseiling down the Saxon tower of St Mary’s

Inside the church, SPAB Guardian Rachel Morley spent the day applying a Victorian milk wash, which is a mix of limewash and milk, inside the church.

Work continued on in the cart shed, the lesser barn, the granary and the tithe barn. Most of the cement has been removed from the exterior of the tithe barn and volunteers have carried out beautiful tile repairs.

Tile repairs on the tithe barn

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