The build quality of Mallons huts has ensured that centenarian examples survive in considerable numbers in East Anglia
While searching for a source of corrugated Iron for the roof of our first hut, I was accompanying a local Agricultural engineer to look at a pile of curved Pig Ark tin, when from the corner of my eye I spotted a lovely, albeit sad Mallons Shepherds hut hiding behind a Nissan hut. It had been one of two used on the Farm and was full of old Tractor spares. The owner agreed to donate the hut to a good cause, on the understanding it would be restored and stay locally in Norfolk. The other hut is still in use and is full of Pheasant feed, but with its wheels lying nearby.
The Wheels are beyond repair but three of the four sides are salvageable. The Lamb rack was still present inside the hut, buried under piles of Massey Ferguson, Dexter and Fordson bits and pieces. I have now reduced the hut to its component parts and discovered a hidden treasure while pulling the hut apart. Under each thin strip of wood covering the gap between the cladding boards on the inside of the hut are five layers of Newspaper. I can only deduce that the paper was used for insulation when the hut was built. And yes I have found a date on the newspaper; it’s 1892, which ties up exactly with the advertisement found in an Old Jarrold farm daybook while researching the history of yet another hut on a nearby Farm. Restoration will begin on the Mallons hut in 2009.