Wednesday, December 01, 2021

The right size for a shepherd's hut

As you might expect from the country's leading shepherd's hut producer, Richard Lee of Plankbridge has some very firm views about what is and what is not acceptable when describing something as a shepherd's hut. He's just posted some of his thoughts on his blog here about dimensions and the Roadman's Living Van. Here's a snippet on hut height:

Where the width and length was entirely practical the height was too – there would be no point in making a portable structure that dragged on trees as it passed down the lanes and through gateways into the fields. So most huts would be no more than 10’ / 305cm high from ground to the top of the roof curve.

The only exception to this might be the pitched roofed huts which are found around Norfolk and Suffolk, these would be higher to the ridge, at 11’ or 12’ but perhaps low branches weren’t such a thing on the flat fenlands. The windows were often simply narrow slides on a shepherd’s hut. These days our standard window opening is 63cm by 90cm, and we do doubles too. Daylight and making the best of the views is essential in a modern day hut. We also even do glazed ends in anthracite grey aluminium.

It's well worth a read, especially for the anecdote at the start... 


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