Founded in 1967 by a group of enthusiasts, the Museum first opened in 1970. The aim was to restore buildings that represented everyday life in historic England to increase awareness and interest in the built environment.
Situated in Singleton, many of the buildings at the Weald & Downland Living Museum are over 1000 years old. The rescued rural homes and buildings set in a beautiful landscape, give the opportunity to discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a millenia.
The Museum holds compelling classes and workshops, like cooking and weaving using historic methods which really gives you a flavour of what life was like in a different time. There are also seasonal shows like tree dressing and garden displays which are not to be missed. Getting to the Weald & Downland Living Museum from our Inn is easy. It's a 20 minute drive through the picturesque countryside.
See what life was like as a child in a reconstructed 19th century school. The building was built to educate poor children in the early part of that century. Originally in West Wittering, the building is made from brick and flint with a tiled roof.
Dating back to the early 17th Century, the watermill was in use in Lurgashall, Sussex until 1935. Derelict for some time, floods in 1968 damaged the mill significantly. After being carefully dismantled and restored, the mill is now in use for producing flour, which you can buy in the Museum shop.