Dorset Hut Makers To Appear On The Big Screen

Plankbridge - FFMC shepherd's hut 2

Published at 7:37am 8th April 2015.

Plankbridge, in Piddlehinton who make shepherds huts have been involved in the latest film version of Far from The Madding Crowd, which will hit cinemas this May.

A Dorset shepherd's hut maker are looking forward to seeing their time-honoured skills and traditional craftsmanship on the big screen.

Plankbridge, in Piddlehinton have been involved in the latest film version of Far from The Madding Crowd.

They've helped build Gabriel Oak's hut for the screen adaption of the Thomas Hardy novel that hits UK cinemas on Friday 1st May.

With a classic Plankbridge roof, heavy duty chassis, authentic horse drawn shafts and cast iron wheels, this carefully crafted prop was made according to the Victorian heritage of the shepherd's huts that would have been commonplace during Hardy's lifetime.

Richard Lee and Jane Dennison, are the owners of Plankbridge,

"The hut in Far From the Madding Crowd is probably the most iconic ever and it was a real honour to be involved. Thomas Hardy's writing has been a huge influence on our shepherd's hut making and we're so proud that the film production team asked us to help with the build. The attention to detail from the set builders was genuinely staggering and really inspiring to witness, such as the clever ageing of the bed and stove. It was great fun to be a part of this much-anticipated release and we can't wait to see it," explains Richard, owner and co-founder of Plankbridge.