Chiltern Open Air Museum

Haddenham Cottage

The restoration of a unique 19th century cottage from Haddenham using a traditional building method no longer in use, called wychert. The cottage is a central attraction for visitors to the Chiltern Open Air Museum, sited on the Village green, providing education and enjoyment for visitors of all ages each year .

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The project involves many local volunteers and will pass on skills which will otherwise disappear, in this local building method. The raw materials comprise a local clay for the walls (wychert) and limestone (grumplings) used as foundation materials. The first floor has been erected and we aim to complete the second floor this summer. The work has to be carried out before the frost sets in, as this affects the construction. A further £27500 is needed to finish the project.