Shepherd's 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.
Plankbridge is all about having one foot in past and one foot firmly in the present. We were convinced that we could take the classic proportions of the Victorian hut and introduce modern insulation, breather membrane and vapour barriers to create, in effect, an extra room of your house or business.
Our huts, whilst always keeping faithful to the classic proportions, have incorporated bathrooms, data cabling, saunas, offices, information centres, kitchens - a huge range of modern conveniences.
The Plankbridge shepherd’s hut reflects many years of experience, research and a close affection for our rural heritage. Shepherd’s huts were originally made by Victorian agricultural engineers and blacksmith’s forges, and at Plankbridge we have copies of original Victorian shepherd’s hut blueprints from a local Dorchester firm called Lott and Walne.
We often enjoy restoring original huts, and have found the restoration process to be the only way to truly excel at the hutmaking craft.