Hands-on History at the Working Party

Sullington Manor Farm

Historic Sullington Manor Farm near Storrington in West Sussex is the destination for our Working Party. Each year the SPAB decamps from its London HQ to put its advice and expertise into practice at a building in need. Conservation experts and volunteer heritage enthusiasts from all walks of life will descend on site for one week (Monday 6 July – Friday 10 July) to carry out vital maintenance and repair work on this important medieval survivor. We will be blogging everyday of the Working Party, subscribe for updates so you can keep up with the news on site.

Sullington Manor Farm is an ancient hillside farm settlement clustered around a Saxon church on the South Downs. The farmstead is a rare example of a once-frequent settlement model along the spring line on the north slope of the South Downs.  ‘Sullington’ is a Saxon word meaning ‘muddy place’ and the church, which forms part of the complex of buildings, has Saxon origins.

RE Nov 2014 Sullington tithe barn

The SPAB team will be carrying out low-level repairs on several buildings during the week, including cart sheds, barns, a granary and a church. There will be a free public open day on Wednesday 8 July, 10am-5pm. It will be a chance to see conservation in action, tour the ancient site and have a go at hands-on activities. There will be a day-long programme of talks and walks about old buildings, old farms, bats and butterflies and about historic Sullington. You can have a go at brick making, peg making and much more.

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