Relocation, relocation, restoration near to fruition

The cottage formerly known as Number 8 The Croft is sitting pretty at the museum
The cottage formerly known as Number 8 The Croft is sitting pretty at the museum
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A PROJECT to rebuild a unique cottage that was knocked down 35 years ago is close to completion.

The house, made from Wychert clay unique to the area, is being reconstructed at Chilterns Open Air Museum - 20 miles from its original location in Haddenham.

The cottage was taken down in 1976 by original owner Douglas Kew, who needed to build a bigger house for his growing family.

The museum stored the original building materials, and volunteers have been using them to restore the house since 2007.

Since completing the roof in June, progress has been remarkable.

About a dozen volunteers helped build stairs, lay elm floorboards on the first floor, and nailed on 7,000ft of plaster boarding.

But the project has not been without obstacles – one of the window valleys needs to be replaced due to a serious leak.

Work needs to be done on the downstairs flooring before furniture can be brought in ready for next summer’s official re-opening. Buildings manager John Hyde-Trutch is overjoyed by the efforts of his volunteers.

He said: “It’s work that most of us haven’t done before so I’m amazed by the capabilities of our volunteers.”