New attractions at Manor Cottage

The recreated wartime kitchen at Manor Cottage in Southwick
The recreated wartime kitchen at Manor Cottage in Southwick
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VISITORS to Manor Cottage Heritage Centre in Southwick can enjoy two new attractions.

The kitchen area at the cottage, in Southwick Street, has been transformed to capture the atmosphere of the 1940s.

Southwick Society secretary Nigel Divers said: “What we have essentially done is go in there and take out the things that you would not find here and put in the things that are proper for the 1940s.”

A radio plays music from the era, as well as Neville Chamberlain’s speech when war was declared.

“It is just as if the occupiers have just stepped outside for a moment,” explained Mr Divers.

He said it was good for the children to see some of the old kitchen equipment, like a mincer, and there are even original newspapers from the period.

Washing is drying by the copper, dinner is being prepared at the table and a steel helmet and gas mask stand by in case of an air raid.

Mr Divers added: “A lot of stuff is what we have in store, which we have not been able to show before, so now we can show it in context.”

Upstairs, the second new feature is the school room, showing the history of Southwick schools from the 1840s.

“There are pictures, desks and uniforms, bringing back the atmosphere of schooling in earlier years,” said Mr Divers.

A uniform similar to that worn by girls at Southwick County Girls School and Green School is on display, alongside pictures of some of the girls themselves.

The cottage, opposite Southwick Square, is run by volunteers from the Southwick Society.

It is the oldest house in Southwick, dating from about 1450, and has been restored by the society.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Manor Cottage is open on Saturdays until September. An exhibition of Southwick paintings is currently on show, until August 17.