Newdigate bakehouse at the Weald & Downland Museum

Newdigate bakehouse prior to dismantling in 1988

With its origins in the 17th century, this bakehouse is originally from the village of Newdigate, near Dorking, in Surrey.

It housed an extensive Victorian bakery when it was dismantled in the 1980s.

Its reconstruction will give the Museum a working historic bakery in which to demonstrate the art of baking. It is our aim is to supply goods made from the flour milled on site in our  17th century watermill.

For further information about the buildings history, see this earlier article by the Newdigate Local History Society.


Help us to complete this new exhibit

The Museum is delighted to have been awarded £224,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund as part of its £4 million grant for English Museums and Galleries. The funds have enabled us to begin this exciting project and, once finished, the bakehouse will be used to showcase heritage food production for our visitors.

We’ve secured funding and pledges totalling £226,000 but there’s still more to do. Help us to reach our £300,000 goal so that we can open this building later this year. Your donation is so important to help get us over the finish line.

Find out how to donate here.