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History Of Shepherds Hut

Shepherds huts have been a familiar sight in the Welsh and English countryside for centuries and can be traced back as far as the late 16th century.

The shepherd’s hut effectively provided the shepherd with a mobile home and meant that he could accompany his flock of sheep as it moved to different pastures, tending to the animals day and night.

The shepherd’s hut was a kitchen, dining room, bedroom, sitting room and storeroom all rolled into one. The designs vary but all were constructed to provide the shepherd with practical and durable accommodation. The old huts had a stove in one corner for warmth and cooking, and a window on each side so the shepherd could see the flock. A hinged stable door, which was always positioned away from the prevailing wind, enabled him to hear the flock, and strong axles with cast iron wheels were used to withstand the constant movement from field to field.