The way Uckfield’s historic Bridge Cottage could be used in future is the subject of a critical survey.
The town’s Preservation Society is working to secure a grant to pay for restoration of the 15th century landmark and wants to find out how much people know about it and how it should be restored.
Options have been drawn up which aim to draw people into the single-aisle Wealden hall house, saved from demolition by a public fund-raising campaign carried out by the Society and Uckfield Town Council in 1983. Weddings could be held and other ideas include meeting spaces, school visits, open days, history exhibitions, craft-based holiday activities for children, birthday parties and adult education classes.
Lottery funding of almost £945,000 has been earmarked towards its restoration and a grant of £23,300 has been awarded to help the Society progress its plans to apply for the full grant.
Detailed proposals will be considered by the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year, and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily, and according to the original proposal, the award will be confirmed. Once restoration is complete the building should look much as it did in the 1600s but will benefit from the inclusion of ‘discreet modern upgrades.’ A photo record will be kept throughout the project to show the use of traditional skills such as wattle and daub work and green oak activities.