It all started in the year 2000, with the discovery of a historic shepherd’s hut near Thomas Hardy’s cottage.
500 huts later, Plankbridge continue to meet the growing demand of contemporary living spaces while retaining the elegance of the traditional Shepherd’s hut proportions.
And we are the only shepherd's hut maker to be endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Here's our story...
Richard founded Plankbridge along with his partner, Jane Dennison, with the aim of making the finest quality huts in the UK. He remains strongly influenced by the best Victorian hutmakers, whose design and craftsmanship informs the range of contemporary shepherd's huts Plankbridge build today. As the pioneers of the new wave of interest in the shepherd's hut, Plankbridge remains at the forefront of innovation and design.
Huts are now shipped all over the world - the USA, Portugal, France, Switzerland and beyond.
Richard trained at John Makepeace’s Hooke Park College (in the Parnham era, Hooke is now part of the Architects Association) and has developed leading-edge techniques with the greatest respect for traditional craftmanship. The result: huts that last for generations and stand the test of the British weather.
Plankbridge is made up of an ever expanding team of the country’s finest hut-craftsmen, CAD designers, painters and administrators. It continues to be lead by Master Hutmaker, Richard Lee, who personally designs and approves every Plankbridge shepherd’s hut. The furniture makers have experience working in some of the famous Dorset workshops making high end designs for discerning Worldwide customers. True to the Arts and Crafts approach of John Ruskin and William Morris, Plankbridge takes pride in nurturing apprentices up to hutmaker level, and enjoys keeping heritage craft skills alive, the team working with their hands to make beautiful and useful things.
The Grainstore, Carter's Barn Farm, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7TH
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