Glamping in Bellingham, Northumberland at The Buteland Stop

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Story of the Shepherds Hut

History and Background

The shepherd's hut (or shepherd's wagon) was, since the 15th century and into the 20th Century, used by shepherds during sheep raising and lambing, primarily in the United Kingdom and France.

Shepherd's huts often had iron wheels and corrugated iron tops. Sometimes the sides were also made of corrugated iron. Use of shepherd's huts by farmers reached a peak in the late 19th Century and dwindled in the 20th century with the advent of mechanized farm machinery and electric power reaching even remote farms.

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Their use persisted in some northern counties in the United Kingdom, particularly Westmoreland and Northumberland, where the terrain of the uplands supports little else but sheep farming. 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.

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