One of the Society’s aims is to promote and encourage the preservation and sympathetic development of this historic tree-lined village. With this remit in mind, the Society has decided to acknowledge the efforts of individual residents who embark on building work, using thoughtful design and materials that enhance the property and retain the intrinsic character of the area.
This will take the form of Conservation & Design Awards and will apply to small projects including conservation, restoration and repair, as well as larger projects such as new build and extensions. Certificates commending the work will be presented to the recipients at our AGM each year.
We believe it is important to embrace change within the village and award high quality craftsmanship in both old and new. Small conservation jobs such as repairing an old flint stone wall, or replacing rotting sash windows with wooden double glazed replicas, are equally as important as larger projects.
The annual Awards are not about interior design, although we may sometimes mention interior aspects of a restoration, such as using lime plaster, or using moulds to replicate missing parts of intricate historic cornicing.
The Awards are not confined to Conservation Areas, but apply throughout the village. The repairs or building works need to be visible to the public from the roads and pathways around the village.
The Society expects to award a small handful of Certificateseach year, presented at the AGM,
for workmanship or design a little bit
“above and beyond”.
CONSERVATION & DESIGN AWARDS 2020
Regretfully, the recipients of the Awards for 2020 have not been able to receive their Certificates of commendation in person due to the Coronovirus, which forced the Society to cancel the AGM. It is hoped that this will be rectified at our next AGM, when we hope to be able to celebrate the end of this difficult time of everyone in the village and throughout the country.
The Well House, 95 High Street
This award acknowledges a highly skilled restoration of the plasterwork on the façade of this historic house, using ancient techniques with meticulous attention to detail. The repair included removing the original daub, mixing it with straw and re-applying it between the timbers, before covering it with a lime coat. A fine example of conservation work at the highest level.
Rosemary House, Hickmans Lane
This awards acknowledges a sympathetic two storey side extension to a Victorian property. The thoughtful design echoes the original; architecture of the house, using detailed brickwork and decorative terracotta ridge tiles to match the original.
CONSERVATION & DESIGN AWARDS 2019
13 Francis Road
This award acknowledges a high quality renovation of an 1860s cottage in need of repair. The individual architecture has been enhanced with the addition of a front porch, and new double glazed windows to replace the rotting frames. Rising damp has been rectified, and the single skin walls have been coated with insulation in a white rendered finish.
Esmeralda Cottage, West Common
This award acknowledges an excellent example of a seamless side extension to a Turner house, sympathetically designed to be in keeping with the character of the property. Reclaimed building materials have been used, and a bespoke window on the front façade replicates the original windows. The symmetry of the roof slope provides a pleasing and timeless appearance.
Mead Cottage, Lewes Road
This award acknowledges the sensitive design and materials used for this small extension. The oak framework has been attached to two external walls, which have not been altered or redecorated, thus retaining the original fabric of a Grade II Listed building.