Stevie Carroll (stevie_carroll) wrote,
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Tree Dressing at the Weald and Downland Museum 2013 Part One

Sunday 1st December marked the 2013 Tree Dressing celebration at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, and I popped along both to take part and to have a look around the newly completed Tindall's Cottage. Built in the late 17th and early 18th Century, the cottage is named for John Tindall, who inhabited it from 1748 and was rescued back in 1974 and then stored until a new setting could be arranged for it at the Weald and Downland.

Here's how it looked during its rebuilding back in April 2013:
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On arrival, I bought myself a spiffy new hat, and then set off for Tindall's Cottage, getting rather distracted by some pigs along the way.
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The cottage is still a work in progress, but the Museum have started to furnish the rooms. As I warmed myself by the newly-lit fire, a museum volunteer explained their plans to grow hops and flax and then to demonstrate brewing and fibre production in the cottage.
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Leaving Tindall's Cottage, I had a good wander around the rest of the site, including visting parts of the woods I don't remember seeing before.

More pigs:
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The roof of the 13th Century cottage from Hangleton:
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An unusual stile, with a diagram to show how it was used and a cattle shed being used for storage of woodworkers' tools:
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Newer and older methods of burning wood for charcoal:
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In my next post I plan to show off the trees, large artworks based on the trees, and some of the dancers from the day.
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