Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Shepherd's Hut Tuesday - Lookers' Huts

A lovely set of photos on Flickr by 'feersumendjinn' capturing a different kind of shepherd's hut - known as a looker's hut - on Romney Marsh. There are very few lookers' huts left today but in the 18th century they were everywhere as 'lookers' looked-after absent landowners' sheep and cattle. These shepherds, and their families, needed a base and so many Lookers' Huts sprung up to cater for them - sadly a mixture of vandalism and neglect has reduced their numbers drastically. For more information on Lookers, try the community-run Lookers Heritage Project site here.