We journeyed, yesterday, to the Weald and Downland Living Museum near Chichester to join the party from the Surrey Industrial History Group to witness the acceptance of the its 2021 Conservation Award for the restoration of the Eastwick Park Dairy.
The “pretty ornamental dairy was originally situated in the Eastwick Park estate, near the village of Great Bookham in Surrey, on A246 to the west of Leatherhead. It is recorded that it was built in 1806 to serve the mansion house. The dairy is formed of two separate octagonal brick-built buildings, one slightly larger than the other, connected by a covered walkway. The larger of these is the dairy, and the smaller the scolding house, with a stove and chimney that were added later.”
The Weald & Downland Living Museum acquired the dairy in 2010 in a dilapidated state. In association with Leatherhead & District Countryside Protection Society £15,000 was raised to fund the restoration. It’s this work the Surrey Industrial History Group recognise with their 2021 Conservation Award. Lucy Quinnell of the Leatherhead society thanked the SIHG for their award. Lucy’s Facebook page has more.
We’d not been to the Weald & Downland Museum before, and there was much to interest us, promising ourselves to return. Oh, and the café is good. Here are my photos,