Cristina of Kirtling

Thurgarton Iron Works is now a three hut .....Iron Works!  Cristina joined us in August 2008 and came from Kirtling near Newmarket.  Cristina, despite appearances, is not actually a Shepherds Hut but was originally used as a road menders hut.  After that career ended she was used as a sack store on the farm.

The original base trolley is a "Ransome Simms and Jefferies" make with a Chassis No. G898 stamped on the front end of each side rail, plus the names cast on the wheel hubs.  It looks as though she was enlarged with a bigger flat bed top fitted, then some low sides and then taller sides, and then a roof ...and then more tin to replace the wood as that fell off!

Cristina has survived because the roof has a good overhang and therefore shed the water clear of the timber sides, so whilst looking a wreck she is in fact fairly sound.

The Ransomes base frame is Elm and Oak hard wood so is almost perfect with the exception of a small amount of worm.  I would love to know what the original trolley/trailer was made for.  Possibly towed behind a traction engine or steam roller? 

She's not very big but as you can see, she has bags of charm!

Me, Linda (daughter of the owner, Cristina) and her husband Barry ...

Digger performs the mandatory Thurgarton Iron Works "Hut & Rat Check" ...

Check out these wheels!  The wheels are steel rimmed with "H" section spokes in cast iron hubs.  These have a replaceable cast iron bush so they can be serviced as they wear out ...

Cristina on the winch ...

Unloading Cristina at her new home ...

Retiring gracefully in the sunshine ...

March 2009 update ...

With the aid of gas torch heat and time, all Cristina's wheels were freed in an afternoon.  The shafts are badly pitted but should withstand a gentle wander around the meadow ...

September 2009 Update ...

Cristina's Big Day Out!  We had been promising Cristina a late summer break and a change of scene away from her meadow, and the Ingworth Trosh on 13th September, 2009 was the ideal event to show off her finer points.  Here we have a few pictures from the day, together with her safe journey home (only one plank dropped on the journey but thankfully retrieved.)!