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Plankbridge was founded by Richard Lee and Jane Dennison in 2000. They were intrigued by an ancient shepherd’s hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage, not far from their home near Dorchester in Dorset. Richard, who trained as a designer maker at John Makepeace’s renowned Hooke Park College, was inspired by the portable building’s heritage and traditional form. When the original was suddenly sold they researched the hut's history and carefully built a reproduction on a set of old wheels.
Richard and Jane were excited by the idea of bringing an old Wessex tradition back to life, and were sure that the Victorian proportions of the shepherd’s hut were perfect to be utilised as an extra room, artist’s studio, bedroom or any number of uses.
Plankbridge have been building and restoring shepherd’s huts (and Steam Roller Living Vans, GWR Lamp Huts and Dorset Roulottes) since then for customers across the UK and Europe, including The National Trust, Kate Humble's 'Humble by Nature' and River Cottage HQ. You may have seen Plankbridge on the BBC’s Countryfile with John Craven, at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 and in numerous magazines such as Country Homes and Interiors and Country Life.