David Martin

Research Interests

  • Medieval and early post-medieval building construction in S.E. England, with particular emphisis on houses and farm buildings, pre 1750
  • Medieval and early post-medieval buildings in their historical and landscape contexts
  • Houses as homes: their contents and use
  • Standing building recording and analysis for the purposes of research and conservation

Professional Skills

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Building Surveyor
  • Interpretation and analysis of Historic Buildings in S.E. England
  • Conservation and archaeological advice relating to the sympathetic, non-destructive reuse and adaptation of listed buildings

Career Summary

  • 1992 -Senior Historic Buildings Officer, Archaeology South-East (UCL Institute of Archaeology).
  • 1971-1992 - Director, Rape of Hastings Architectural Survey & Building Surveyor, Cogley Bros Ltd.
  • 1966-1971 - Building Surveyor, William Ellis (Etchingham) Ltd.


  • HNC Building

Membership of Learned Societies and Professional Recognition

  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
  • Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists
  • Member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation
  • President of the Vernacular Architecture Group, 1999-2001
  • Tonbridge Civic Society award, 2005, for research relating to Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse
  • Sussex Heritage Person of the Year (2006), award sponsored by West Sussex County Council

Key Projects

  • Rape of Hastings Architectural Survey;
    A study of the social and economic history of medieval East Sussex based on the evidence of more than 1150 individual interpretative surveys of houses earlier than circa 1750.
  • Winchelsea, Sussex:
    A major re-assessment of the documentary and physical evidence of Edward I’s planned town of Winchelsea, jointly funded by English Heritage, National Trust and East Sussex County Council.
  • Falmer Court Barn, Falmer, E. Sussex:
    Detailed archaeological interpretative survey of a major multi-period aisled barn. Commissioned by English Heritage.
  • Topographical Survey of various parishes in E. Sussex:
    Detailed documentary and architectural study of eighteen parishes for the Sussex Archaeological Society, East Sussex County Council and others.
  • Survey of the Town Wall, Hastings, E. Sussex:
    Detailed architectural and historical interpretative survey of the remains and environs of Hastings Town Wall, commissioned jointly by Hastings Borough Council and English Heritage.
  • Headstone Manor, Pinner, Middlesex:
    Detailed archaeological interpretative survey of the early timber frame of c1320 at Headstone Manor, in advance of extensive repairs. Commissioned by London Borough of Harrow.
  • The Gatehouse, Tonbridge Castle, Kent:
    Intensive interpretative recording of the 13th-century gatehouse at Tonbridge Castle, to inform Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and their agents as to the significance and original form as a prelude to limited reinstatement and display to the public. Commissioned by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.
  • Westenhanger Castle, Stanford, Kent:
    Intensive interpretative recording of the remains of the 14th-century (and later) fortified manor house and outbuildings known as Westenhanger Castle as a prelude to extensive restoration and consolidation, with further work during conservation work. Commissioned by G Forge (Civil Engineering) Ltd, grant aided by English Heritage. (Ongoing)
  • Wilmington Priory,Sussex:
    A programme of archaeological recording commissioned by The Landmark Trust, in conjunction with English Heritage. An initial interpretation of the entire, very complex multi-phased monument aimed at informing the proposed programme of conservation work and alteration, with follow-on enhancement by detailed watching briefs and below-ground excavation.
  • Hastings Castle, Sussex:
    Commissioned by Hastings Borough Council. A re-assessment of the monument, including outline context recording. Purpose - to aid re-interpretation of the monument to the public and to assist in the management of the monument.

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