Meetings and workshops

Programme of autumn-winter-spring indoor meetings

Our autumn-winter-spring meetings offers lectures and discussions on vernacular building recording topics. All are designed to be both entertaining and educational.

When booking opens for the meetings, click the RSVP button to obtain details and reserve places at the meetings.

If you are not already a WBSG member, you will be welcome as a guest. The fee for guests is £5 which includes refreshments on arrival and at lunchtime, but you will need to bring your own packed lunch. 

Unless stated otherwise, meetings are at our new venue at Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane, RH17 7RD. Church Lane is on the left off the A2112, north of the Baldocks Renault garage roundabout. The car park is on the left next to the church, and the hall is further up on the right.

 

Sunday 21st October, 11.00am-2.30pm

Wivelsfield Church Hall

Tony Singleton - "The Cloth Industry in the Weald of Kent". We have seen how the iron industry of the Weald affected local wealth and thus houses. This talk will provide insights to this major Kentish industry.

Dr. Ann Kneif - "The Hall Houses of Southfleet C14-C16 layouts and modifications". Until recently there were nine surviving hall houses in Southfleet, now there are only eight. They cover the 14th to the 16th centuries. This talk is about their original layout and how they have been modified over the years.

 

Sunday 20th January, 11.00am-2.30pm  
Wivelsfield Church Hall

Report Summary This 'talk' will provide a summary of the buildings visited in 2018, this is a chance for the Group to discuss some of the features seen and their interpretation as well as an opportunity to 'see' those buildings you didn't manage to visit yourselves.

David Martin - "We the Better Sort: Houses of the emerging parish middle class in the landscape 1350-1550"

 

Sunday 17th February, 11.00am-2.30pm 

Wivelsfield Church Hall

Peter Varlow - "In an Old House". A Well-illustrated talk by Peter based on his and Sally's research into the structure of their medieval hall house in Chailey and the life and times of its occupants.

Dr Janet Pennington - "Witches, Warlocks and Wellingtons - the ritual protection of the home". We all know about lucky horseshoes and many people have a special stone, often with a hole through it, that they feel is a useful item to keep on the kitchen window-sill. Our ancestors used many of these and other objects to protect themselves and their animals from harm, or to bring good luck to their homes and families. Witches were to be feared in earlier times and anyone, male or female, convicted of witchcraft in England would have been hanged. This talk examines some of the ways people in the past protected themselves and their homes from evil.

Sunday 17th March, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Wivelsfield Church Hall

Joe Thomspon - Joe is the carpenter in residence at the Weald and Downland Living Museum. This promises to be another fascinating talk about the construction of timber-framed buildings. 

This talk follows the WBSG AGM which starts at 11am and can only be attended by the Members of WBSG. The AGM is followed by this talk in the afternoon, which the Public are welcome to attend.

The Winter Talks are free for members, the optional refreshments are £2.

The Winter Talks are also open to the Public, at a cost of £5 which includes coffee, tea and biscuits. Please bring a packed lunch.