The February Historic Building Calendar

02 Medieval
Medieval - Wealden House, Bignor, West Sussex - Click Image to Enlarge

Wealden Houses are found throughout the Kent and Sussex Weald, and occasionally beyond. They are built of timber-frame with steeply pitched hipped thatched roofs (though the thatch was later often replaced by peg tiles), with an open double height hall in the centre flanked by two-storey bays. The first floor rooms on either side of the central hall are jettied and massive oak braces are used to support the roof across the recess in front of the hall.

Most Wealden Houses were built for a growing class of yeoman farmers and the house type reached its peak of development and popularity in the latter part of the 15
th century. This Wealden House in Bignor is listed Grade II*.

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