The Stool Competition

Are you up for a challenge? Perhaps as an individual or as a group. A great opportunity for Local Groups to participate. It’s quite a simple task, just make a stool.

The stool needs to be Weald and Downland Living Museum appropriate, specifically suitable for one of four Museum houses. These are:

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Bayleaf Farmhouse, early 15th Century, a Wealden hall house for a relatively high status Yeoman farmer associated with ~100acres of land.

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Pendean Farmhouse, early 17th Century, a more modest Yeoman farmers dwelling associated with 40acres of land.

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Tindells cottage, early 18th Century, a husbandman’s cottage associated with 26acres of land

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Poplar cottage, mid 15th Century, a landless labourer, possibly craftsman and/or commoner.

There’s no rush you can start when you like but the stool needs to be completed by 13:00 on Sunday. Plenty of time to visit the four houses and get a feel for them, the people who built and lived in them and their furniture.

Here’s an example of handmade furniture in Tindells, made by the site carpenter Roger Champion.

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We’ll supply a pile of suitable wood, both green and seasoned which you can select yourself. No particular start time but they need to be completed by 13.00 on Sunday. A member of the Museum staff will judge them and select a winner(s). A cash prize will be available.

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