Shepherds huts have been around for hundreds of years. It is the classic Victorian hut, as featured in Thomas Hardy's novel 'Far From the Madding Crowd', clad in corrugated iron and no more than a cart width wide, which inspires the huts we make today. They originally offered basic shelter to shepherds on the Downlands of Southern England.
Plankbridge shepherd’s huts are made in the heart of Dorset by the country's leading team of experienced makers. We take pride in our friendly, ‘family firm’ approach and all strive to work to the highest standards of craftsmanship, which are often lacking in the modern world.
The Plankbridge shepherd’s hut is our symbol of many years of experience, research and a close affection for our rural heritage. Shepherd’s huts were originally made by Victorian foundries and blacksmith’s forges, and at Plankbridge we have copies of original Victorian shepherd’s hut blueprints from a local firm called Lott and Walne. The plans very much inspire our work, whilst we also embrace new technology to create huts suitable for modern day uses. We also do a road legal, 'type approved' version.