Feature Hut of the Month

Andrews Hut

Our Feature Hut of the Month is one of two huts which were at "Park Farm", Heydon in Norfolk.  Unfortunately the whereabouts of the other Hut is not known.  Or is it?!  A recent Hut-find has been Sister Wendy (Hut Date: March 2010) and we have a feeling they could well be related.

Andrews Hut ...

The History

Andrews Hut was last used in its' Shepherds Hut capacity 50 years ago when "Park Farm" had a large sheep flock.  However, the Hut was put out to pasture when the farmer got slightly miffed at the Shepherd who insisted on advising him as to how the farm should be run.  Having the well being of his charges at heart he ruled what should be grown and where and it seems it was easier for the farmer to get rid of the Shepherd and sheep than to argue with the Shepherd!
 
With plans to utilise the Hut as a chicken house the Hut was stripped inside but the unlucky chickens never did get to move in.  It was last used as a chemical store for farm chemicals, etc.
 
It is still in the same family who used it on the farm and has now been taken in hand for preservation.  One son of the family can remember as a boy being locked in the Medicine Chest as a jolly jape after seeing if he was small enough to squeeze inside.  His naughty brothers then found it quite amusing to leave him in there and went off to play.  When their Father found out what they had done I think it was quite a while before they could sit down!    

Andrews Hut has been clad in felt which might sound like a good idea but once holed it retains the damp in behind - not such a good idea. 

The floor construction is interestingly odd (to me!) as the floor beams run across as opposed to lengthways; hence the axle beams only support the side frames which does make the floor a bit bouncy.  This also means the floorboards run from end to end instead of across as with most Huts.  As with many of our Norfolk Huts I suspect they were built by the estate Carpenters who simply constructed a strong shed and put it on wheels.

Front Axle Turntable ...

 

 


Rear Axle ...

Rear Axle Mount ...

Door (Inside) ...

Door (Outside) ...


Chassis Corner by rear door ...


Front Wheel ...


Rear Wheel ...



Tune in next month for another Feature Hut of the Month!