Feature Hut of the Month

Ted's Hut

On a bright but bitterly cold Spring day (Hut Date: April 2008), I finally met up and made friends with Ted's Hut ...

His age is unknown, but the first recollected use for Ted's Hut was on a farm at Heydon, on the edge of Wood Dalling.  He was used as a Shepherds Hut until the 1950's and when the farmer moved to a new farm higher up in North East Norfolk, Ted came along too.  Again he was used as a Shepherds Hut at this farm but later changed his role to a pigmans store shed.  When he'd served his purpose in this capacity he was wired up to house an electric fencer unit to deter the pigs from wandering from the site where he still resides today.  What a multi-talented Hut ...

He is quite a simple hut, but well constructed.  There is no diagonal bracing as he is so small and has a single skin of featheredge cladding under a tin roof ...

The chassis is oak - 3.75" x 2.5" - and the upright frames forming the corner posts and sides are 3.5" x 1.75" and made from softwood.  The featheredge cladding is 6" wide x 0.75" maximum at the wide end.  One side has been re-clad in tongue and groove.

The cast iron wheels are all the same size - 15" diameter x 3" wide with big diameter centre holes to run on fixed softwood axles.

Rear wheel repaired with iron band ...

Each end of the hut has a pair of iron rings for towing.  Ted's Hut has done alot of this as the axles are worn half way through ...

 Front tow ring ...

 

Front Chassis Towing Eye ...

It seems as though his last move has upset the front chassis rail which is now inside the hut awaiting the Chassis Rail Repair Man!  Or lady.  Plus the rear axle has relocated itself to the inside of the hut to protect itself from the elements!

There is no roof lining, just the tin roof with a height to a maximum pitch of 80" ...

 ... and the hut sides measure 5' from the floor to the roof edge.

 Top door hinge ...

 
Door Chain ...

 

The floor plan dimensions are 6' 2" x 4' 2" and this must rate Ted's Hut as one of the smallest huts I have seen ...

He is complete but needs a spot of TLC to preserve him, plus a little bit more to get him rolling over the North Norfolk Dales and into the next century.  Hopefully his exposure on our website will ensure his longevity!

All in all Ted is a friendly little hut and a real gem amidst the countryside!

  ... a fan of Ted's Hut!