Meetings and workshops

Programme of autumn-winter-spring indoor meetings

Our autumn-winter-spring meetings offers lectures and discussions on vernacular building recording topics. All are designed to be both entertaining and educational.

If you are not already a WBSG member, you will be welcome as a guest. The fee for guests is £5.

Unless stated otherwise, physical meetings are at Wivelsfield Church Hall, Church Lane, RH17 7RD. Church Lane is on the left off the A2112, north of the Baldocks Renault garage roundabout. The car park is on the left next to the church, and the hall is further up on the right.

Monday 20th November 7pm Online meeting by Zoom.

Jeremy Clarke: “Cottages built upon the commons or wastes of the manor from the 16th century onwards”

A look at a selection of cottages built upon the commons around the Surrey/Sussex border exploring whether they were illicitly constructed or part of a controlled process.

Monday 18th December 7pm Online meeting by Zoom.

Chris Pickford: “Bellframes”

Chris is a lifelong bellringer and a semi-retired archivist, compiler of “Bellframes: a practical guide to inspection and recording” (1994) and reviser of the Warwickshire “Pevsner” guidebook. The talk will look at examples of timber frames from all periods and consider aspects of preservation, recording, repair and conservation.

Tuesday 20th February 7pm Online meeting by Zoom.

Maggie Henderson: "Plumpton Place"


Monday 18th March 7pm Online meeting by Zoom.

Christopher Dyer: "Carpenters in the middle ages: an important craft in need of a history"

Combining historical and architectural evidence gives us a chance of understanding a neglected craft - Who were they? Where were they based? How did they work? Christopher Dyer is a historian who is involved in archaeology and architecture.

Sunday 24th March 1pm Physical meeting Wivelsfield Church Hall.

AGM followed by a talk;

Martin Higgins: “Surrey Dendrochronology Project”

Martin, Chairman of the DBRG, will present the results of the Surrey Dendro Project and how it defines and alters our understanding of building chronology..


There is no cost for WBSG members attending these talks.

The talks are open to the Public, at a cost of £5. Hot drinks and biscuits are provided at the physical meetings, but please bring a packed lunch