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I mentioned in a previous post (HERE) that, despite having common functions and features, there were distinct local variations in the detail of Shepherd’s Huts. This mainly pictorial post aims to highlight some of those variations.

The notes beneath the photos really can’t do full justice to this fascinating subject and I’d urge you to visit shepherdhuts.co.uk for much more comprehensive biographies of the companies mentioned in my captions.

Boulton & Paul
Boulton & Paul where a Victorian industrial giant who not only produced a dizzying array of ironmongery, pots, fire grates, kettles and wire netting, but importantly produced prefabricated buildings for use across the British Empire. One design was for a wooden framed and barrel-roofed, corrugated iron shepherd hut. (information drawn from shepherdhuts.co.uk)
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A page from the Boulton & Paul catalogue showing their shepherd’s hut design.
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Small cast iron wheels, and fully corrugated carcass typify a B&P hut…
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H&C Farris were possibly the U.K’s most prolific shepherd huts builders. The sturdy wooden chassis, large wheels and corrugated iron skin proved a perfect match to match the riggers of the Wiltshire and Dorset downs and were equally at home on the open meadows of East Anglia, courtesy of a Victorian rail network which conveyed freight to every rail head and market town on its vast network. Shepherd huts were made for the company by the late John Judd who was head carpenter for the Farris family. Mr Judd was born in Coombe Bissett, and lived there for 96 years. Making agricultural implements was a reserved occupation in the war, and Mr Judd served in the Home Guard. John celebrated his 100th birthday in 2008. The last hut from this prolific high quality builder was believed to have been assembled in the early to mid 1950’s. (information drawn from shepherdhuts.co.uk)
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A Farris hut in great condition, testament to their robust build quality.
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A sympathetically renovated Farris hut.
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Shepherds Hut as advertised in the R&J Reeves catalogue…
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A renovated and restored Reeves Hut.
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The Acton-Scott shepherds hut built by Taskers of Andover
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The massive cast-iron wheels are a tell-tale sign of a Taskers hut, the full history of the company can be found HERE

NB. The majority of the images in this post were drawn from an internet search for ‘shepherds huts’, however I note, since finding shepherdhuts.co.uk, that a number of images originated there, I’ve tried to provide links to original material where it’s known.

And finally, although the following huts are primarily of wooden construction and not clad in corrugated iron (and so fall outside the remit of this series) I couldn’t resist including these sheds-on-wheels, as a wonderful variation on the theme…

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