Steyning: Pretty as a Picture
but does the old place still look the same?

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Saxon Cottage

Saxon Cottage in Church Street is probably the most famous of Steyning's many timber-framed buildings. It dates from about 1550 and is currently owned by the National Trust. This postcard, on sale at Steyning Museum, shows the gingerbread-house colouring and "catslide" thatched roof especially loved by children.

Saxon Cottage 1836

This is how Saxon Cottage appeared in 1836. Even the picket fence and the roses around the door seem unchanged. Steyning Museum was housed briefly in Saxon Cottage before moving to its present purpose-built home in 1990.

Work House

The Workhouse Cottages in Mouse Lane are a wonderful example of a 15th century Wealden-type hall house. This postcard is on sale at Steyning Museum. In 1835, rioting shook the town as families in the Workhouse protested against being separated by the authorities and local people supported them.

Work House 1910

This postcard shows the Workhouse Cottages in 1910, by then converted into three family homes. The scene is described as "Ye Olde Time Workhouse at Steyning". The building served as the town workhouse between 1729 and 1835.

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16th August 2021