Saxon house opening October 2016

A team of volunteer ‘treewrights’, under the supervision of Carpenter-in-Residence Joe Thompson,  began the construction of the timber frame our Anglo-Saxon hall house in June 2015. Work was completed in autumn 2016 and the building was opened for the first time with a two-day celebration from 14-15 October 2016.

The Anglo-Saxon hall house (map reference E3) is signposted from the woodland path – please do explore this wonderful Exhibit in our woodland.

Research

The Anglo-Saxon hall house project was researched by a team from the Museum with input from external experts. It is based on archaeological evidence from a site in Steyning, West Sussex from 950AD, which was excavated by a team led by Dr Mark Gardiner in 1988-89.

Above ground details have been informed by various sources, such as waterlogged sites in the Thames Basin, and individuals including Richard Darrah and Dr Damian Goodburn, both of whom have many years of experience both in examining pre-Norman timberworks and in carrying out experimental practical archaeology.

You may be interested to read this earlier article, which details the earliest stages of the project, plus a time lapse video.