MOBILE SHEPHERD’S HUT FROM BYGONE AGE OF FARMING IS RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY
– Inside, the original woodwork remains with marks which show where the shepherd slept on a bed above a cage of poorly lambs.
A shepherd’s hut on the brink of rotting away has been given a new lease of life and restored to its former glory.
Craftsman Richard King spent 12 painstaking months refurbishing the weather-beaten shed which is 113 years old, in Suffield, Norfolk.
But its new owners wanted the hut to remain authentic and reflect a bygone age of farming rather than restored to pristine condition.
Inside, the original woodwork remains with marks which show where the shepherd slept on a bed above a cage of poorly lambs.
There is also a cosy stove, table and scratched ‘witch marks’ on the wall to ward off evil spirits. The only modern luxury it has is double glazed windows.
When Mr King took on the project the hut, dating back to about 1900, was complete but very fragile.
The cast iron wheels were falling off and the metal bolts in the oak chassis had rusted away.
But Mr King has replaced the floor and pitched roof and managed to keep 80 per cent of the original structure.
Instead, its rusty metal skin has been mended and wax-oiled to preserve and weatherproof it.
‘You can imagine the shepherd sitting in here, with the stove going, tending his lambs with the elements lashing outside,’ said Mr King, who is the son of a steam engine maker.
‘It must have been a lonely old life.
‘But taking the shed back to its original shepherd’s day fits everything I love – farming, history, old wood and old steel.’
Rats and rot caused the most damage to the hut which is affectionately known as Rusty.
The project took a year because Mr King chose to repair bits of the shed rather than replace them to maintain its authentic feel.
Some huts would have had brown paper lining the walls to keep out the draft from the cracks.
But Rusty has got a different sort of paper in its walls – two copies of a local newspaper.
‘I really hope no one ever gets to read them though because it will mean my work has failed,’ said Mr King.
FAB /HUT – MOBILE SHEPHERD’S HUT from bygone age of farming is restored to its former glory. It is 113 yrs old.(WordPress)
FAB/HUT – 113yr old MOBILE SHEPHERD’S HUT from bygone age of farming is restored to its former glory.Richard sits in hut saved from scrapheap with his dog(WordPress)
FAB/HUT – MOBILE SHEPHERD’S HUT from bygone age of farming is restored to its former glory. It is 113 yrs old.(WordPress)-1