Humpty's Moving Preparations - Hut Date: April 2010

Day 2

Henry continues the great digging escapade in order to create space to get the box steel under the old door end.

Meanwhile, Humpty sports the first fitting of his new all round shuttering ply boards (pants) ...it's a look! 

 

 

I also had to build a light timber frame inside Humpty to support the roof as it was falling in and missing the centre sections.

 

We managed to push Humpty slightly upright and get his trolley frame level. The rear axle is pushed up inside the hut as the floor is gone.  All we then had to do was to get the front axle off the centre pin and lose the rear wheels and he was ready to roll.  Simples!

 

 

 

We got Humpty strong enough to move with his new all round shuttering ply board pants fitted, together with two box beams with 4x4 fence post cross supports...

We covered the top of Humpty with 3 plastic sheets which were tied down to hooks on the plywood.  The roof was too fragile to strap or rope down so I thought this seemed the best option ...

So, after 17 hours of driving, digging, electric jig-sawing and battery screwdrivering, lots of wood and jacks by the dozen, plus 500 miles of driving, we finally had Humpty up on the road and ready for collection!

Day 3

Once winched on he was as solid as a rock. With just two ratchet straps to hold him around and down he fair whizzed back to Norfolk on our friendly Matthews lorry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humpty arrives in Norfolk for another chapter in his life ...

We are now waiting to decide how to rebuild Humpty.  Should this be as a caravan or a Shepherds Hut?  Discussions with the owner will decide that.

Humpty is very unusual and unlike anything I can find on the internet.  He is not built like a Romany Wagon and although I have been in touch and sent photographs to many helpful and learned people, no one has seen one like him.

If anyone out there has any ideas as to his early history or knows of a similarly built Hut/Caravan then please do get in touch!

"Heartfelt Thanks" must go to Henry!  This was his first Hut Rescue and I could not have got Humpty home to Norfolk without his help on both days.  His enthusiastic endeavours in rescuing Humpty from the clutches of a bramble bush root and a digging frenzy to create space to get the box steel under the door end were a fine example of tenacity in the face of Hut adversity!  Thank you Henry!