I have made a number of models for Pendon Museum over the years starting with the test piece one hole privy and working up to full blown cottages, the last being a pair of farmworkers cottages for Cowleaze Farm. I have now taken on the construction of lilac cottage which is my first attempt at a thatched one.
I was presented with a selection of photographs taken in the 1950’s and a set of sketches with basic measurements done by the late Roye England. These are not to scale and some of the measurements are estimated and some of the important ones are non-existent! Below is an example of one of the sheets;
From these drawings and the photos the first stage is to set out on card the dimensions of the walls and windows. Dimensions that are not known can be worked out from the photos by counting bricks knowing what the size of a normal brick is! Some bits have to be estimated by trial and error.
I have now worked out all the dimensions and have started on the fun of embossing the brickwork and scribing the chalk stonework ready for painting.