on the English downlands in the 19th Century, shepherd huts served
as the shepherd's home during lambing time. It was a solitary
24 hour a day job, with the hut often two miles or more from the
farmhouse. Shepherd huts had a characteristic design of curved
corrugated iron roof and wooden walls with steps leading to a
door at one end typically with wheels allowing easy relocation.
As well as keeping them from harm, concentrating the sheep in
a fold increased the fertility of the land and got it ready for
a spring sown fodder crop.
Shepherd huts locally were permanent structures on high country
runs, serving as a base for the shepherds charged with confining
sheep within unfenced boundaries. The more traditional wheeled
variety was reinvented to suit working life at the time, including
roadmen's huts, 'stinky' accommodation for harvest labourers and
accommodation for contract horse ploughmen in Canterbury and North
Otago. The railways used a similar design for single working men's
accommodation, featuring a curved corrugated iron roof, small
stove and chimney mounted on a rail wagon and finished in typical
railway cream and red colours.
The modern day interpretation of a shepherd's hut is popular
for everything from a sleep out, artist studio or garden retreat
to the more serious business of a home office or duck hunter's
hut. Individually crafted with cast iron wheels and a distinctive
curved roof, the huts combine aesthetic appeal with portability
and are designed to be comfortably at home in the modern day backyard.
The crème de la crème artist's studio model is fitted
with side French doors, solid tongue and groove wooden flooring,
insulation and natural macrocarpa panelling. Resene Environmental
Choice products are used throughout the finished huts for an environmentally
preferable and sustainable finish.
The appeal of the traditional combined with the practicality
of today, these shepherd huts are minding backyards all over the
Shepherds Hut Company