Leave your mark on iconic building


Uckfield families now have the chance to leave their mark on an iconic community building for future generations of historians and archaeologists to find.

Organisers of the programme to completely refurbish Bridge Cottage, the 15th century, timbered, medieval hall house on the River Uck at the foot of the High Street, are offering people the opportunity to sign a roof tile.

Uckfield and Disitrict Preservation Society Bridge Cottage Committee chairman Mick Harker said: “The work is progressing well thanks to a Heritage Lottery Grant and Town Council partnership funding. The whole roof has been removed to allow repairs to the structure and to install an insulation layer, before re-tiling. The insulation product the team has chosen to use is made from sheep’s wool. That not only allows the building to breathe (important in a timber framed building) but is a very eco-friendly product.”

The tiling will start in the next few weeks. Roof repairs have almost finished with tiling due to begin in the next few weeks. It’s a huge project with about 17,000 tiles.

Mick went on: “Whilst we have been running a Sponsor a Tile campaign for several years, we are now offering a Signing Day when anybody can come along to the Cottage to both sponsor and sign one of the actual tiles that will be fitted to the building. This will be a unique opportunity for members of the community to leave their mark.”

The Signing Day will be tomorrow (July 4) at Bridge Cottage from 9am-4pm. Each sponsored tile costs £1.50 and if people sign a Gift Aid form the Government will give another 20% to the project. The Signing Day also gives people a chance to find out about the range of volunteering opportunities the refurbished Heritage Centre can offer from members of the project team. Work should finish at the end of the year.

More details about the project can be found at: www.bridgecottageuckfield.co.uk The Preservation Society aims to make Bridge Cottage a usable and sustainable building and an historic meeting place for the town. The vision is to use a range of heritage activities and means of interpretation so everyone can appreciate Uckfield’s history.

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