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Weald & Downland Director Wins Sussex Heritage Person of the Year Award!

By 15 July 2015January 11th, 2021No Comments

The Sussex Heritage Trust announced Richard Pailthorpe, Director of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, as the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year at their prestigious Awards Lunch and Presentation on Thursday 9 July at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe.

Chairman, Dr John Godfrey, DL who announced the Award, said:

“Richard has spent his entire life working in the rural, heritage and museum world and has devoted much of his own time to inspire and enthuse others to learn more about their local history and heritage. The Museum which he leads is an exemplar in its field and a major visitor attraction in Sussex.”

The Award was one of 24 projects, along with 23 Highly Commended projects, announced this year at the sold out Awards event, with the Awards and Certificates being presented by President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL.

The Awards seek to recognise and reward high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.

The event was attended by Peter Field, HM Lord-Lieutenant for East Sussex, and Denise Patterson, High Sheriff of West Sussex, alongside 200 of the county’s best architects, contractors, chartered surveyors, developers, craftsmen and many owners of the buildings concerned.

Winners/Highly Commended

Building Craft:

  • Steve Hodges of Hodges & Marten for lead work on Lewes Old Grammar School (PC2)
  • Jodie Flaherty Rigg of Grain Furniture for staircase at Wilbury Lawn, Hove (SCR9)

Highly Commended

  • David Smith of The Flintman Company Ltd for Church of St. Botolph, Steyning (ECC2)


  • Kings Road Arches, Brighton
  • New Winery Building, The Rathfinny Estate, Alfriston
  • The Flint Barns, The Fathfinny Estate Alfriston

Highly Commended

  • Southern Pavilion on Worthing Pier
  • Woodstock House, nr Chichester


  • Pyecombe Church, Pyecombe

Highly Commended

  • Church of St Botolph, Steyning

*Simon Hepworth, Site Manager, A&F Pilbeam Construction Limited & David Smith Flintworker and Stone Mason, The Flintman Company Limited were highlighted as making an exceptional contribution to the project.

  • St Augustine’s Church, Scaynes Hill

Landscape & Gardens:

  • Gardens at Fairlight End, Pett
  • St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne
  • Highly Commended
  • Costells, Haywards Heath
  • Coombe Log Plantation, Angmering Park Estate

*Angmering Estate Staff were highlighted as make an exceptional contribution to this project

  • Hellingly Community Park, Hellingly, Hailsham East

Large Scale Residential:

  • Holly Tree Grove, Walberton

Highly Commended

  • Great Oaks, Near Horsham
  • Lavington Park, Petworth

Public & Community:

  • Cairns Tower, Brighton College, Brighton
  • New Boarding House, Brighton College, Brighton
  • Kino Rye, Rye
  • The Coultershaw Heritage Site, Petworth

*The volunteers were highlighted as making an exceptional contribution to this project.

  • Arundel Museum, Arundel
  • Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Highly Commended

  • Lewes Old Grammar School, Lewes
  • The Courtyard, Rotherfield

Small Scale Residential:

  • Holmesdale Farmhouse, Fletching
  • ChequersMead, Forest Row
  • Folkington Manor, Folkington
  • 4 Dymocks Manor, Ditchling
  • Brook Place, Cowfold
  • Hadleigh, Steyning
  • Wilbury Lawn, Hove
  • Forge House, Storrington
  • Gentilshurst Farm, Haselmere

Highly Commended

  • Warrenders, Fairlight
  • Stream Cottage, Glyne
  • Oak Tree Cottage, Maresfield
  • Derby Court, Hove
  • Ganders Cottage, Henfield

*Christopher Payne for Heartwood Construction and Joinery & Paul Barker for TE Tilley Stonemasons were highlighted as making an exceptional contribution to this project.

  • Glasses, Petworth
  • Barn House, South Harting
  • The Mill, Chichester
  • Brandy Hole House, Chichester
  • Beacon Hill House, North Marden
  • West House, Funtington