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Planning approval has been granted for the restoration of an important piece of 1930s architectural history in the South Downs National Park

Located in one of the most desirable down land villages in the SDNP this Grade II listed cottage dates back to the 1700s. Previously the village post office, the property was bought in the 1930s by newspaper editor and organiser of the Festival of Britain in 1951; Sir Gerald Barry. The property was remodelled in 1937 by leading modernist architect FRS Yorke, author of The Modern House. Since being featured in The Architectural Review in 1940, the building has been through successive owners and has been heavy remodelled, compromising Yorke’s architectural vision.

The refurbishment scheme, created by award winning, Chichester based, architects; James Wells Architects restores the original integrity of Yorke’s double height sun room by removing a poorly inserted floor. It was in this room that Barry planned much of The Festival of Britain.

Restoring 300 years of building

A careful restoration of the older parts of the property will ensure the history of the building is clearly legible and the consolidation of areas in a poor state of repair will secure it’s future as a much loved home for the new owners.

Work has recently commenced on site, project managed and supervised by the client, with the work due for completion later this year.

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