Authentic, Creation and Restoration
of Heritage Shepherd Huts
by Eddie Butterfield
History and Heritage
My interest in our cultural and rural
heritage extends to the research and
conservation of craft skills, which are
fast disappearing elsewhere, and the
preservation of rural bygones.
The restoration of a original J Farris Shepherd’s Hut as seen on George Clarkes ‘Amazing Spaces’ Channel 4
My cottage lies in a beautiful hamlet adjacent to Bere Regis, it was built in 1848 on the site of a previous older building.
The smithy lies behind the cottage adjacent to the Bere Stream, a fine chalk stream favoured for its trout fishing. Years ago, there was an agricultural contractor here and a water driven saw mill across the meadow. Steam engines and threshing tackle were order of the day, and I am still digging up artefacts in the garden.
It was on the old drove way to Woodbury Hill fair, which was a fair by royal charter for 750 years. I’m sure many hundreds of sheep cattle and horses passed this way over the years. It is a most beautiful and tranquil setting in which to work, and I consider myself extremely fortunate when on my daily commute to work (about 50’).