From items found inside the building it was clear that varied use had been made of the building since 1936.  Metal address plates, used for billing, suggested that an office had been established at one time.  A Red Cross stretcher was found and later I learned that during World War 2, wounded airmen were quartered here as a makeshift hospital.





The winter of 1982, building clad in corrugated iron



Winter 1982/3 front of building sliding door ajar




To the rear there is an Anderson style bomb blast shelter.  Other outbuildings have been demolished, now known to have been a piggery and a radio shack.  Near the shelter, radio parts and morse-code tapping equipment were found.  A heavy folding iron lattice gate had seized open in front of the workshop sliding timber door.




Herstmonceux Museum, original buildings covered in corrugated iron during World War Two  


Rear of building - openings covered with corrugated iron



Another interesting chamber discovered outside the faggot store, is most probably an ice well.    It is shallow and circular, with a conical roof and good drainage. Ice wells or pits were commonly located in out of the way areas of country estates.  In England about 2,500 ice stores are recorded, in various stages of completeness.






Herstmonceux Electricity Generating Works Circa. 1900 - 1936   Links:



Introduction  |  Instructions  |  ISBN  |  Batteries  |  Boiler Room   |  Floor Plan  |  Ron Saunders


Industrial Revolution  |   Lime Park  |  Machinery  |  Map  |  Power House  |  Argus 1999


Public Supply  |  Roof Construction  |  Rural SupplySussex Express 1913  |  Conclusion


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