Anglo-saxon hall house at weald & downland living museum

Anglo-Saxon Hall House

A team of volunteer ‘treewrights’, under the supervision of Carpenter-in-Residence Joe Thompson, began the construction of the timber frame of 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.







Original Location

Steyning, Sussex

Building History

Archaeological Evidence

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.

Constructing the saxon framework

Construction of the Saxon framework.

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.

Photo Gallery: Construction & Opening

Further images of the Anglo-Saxon house construction can be found in our series of blog posts chronicling the process, beginning with Update 1: Wood from the Trees

Top 3 Interesting Facts

Thatching the saxon house roof


At the Museum there are only two archaeological reconstructions, all other buildings have been moved to the site.

Cleaving and hewing wood for the saxon house

Saxon Era Carpentry

‘Treewrighting’ is the term used to explain the skill in constructing the frame of this building in a different way from later buildings at the Museum.

Saxon house daub

Archaeological Finds

The finds of the archaeological are held at Worthing Museum and give an insight into the status and daily lives of the inhabitants.

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