Hog House

This hog house is a characteristic farm building of the uplands of northern England. These ‘houses’ provided shelter for 'hogs', or young yearling sheep, during their first winter, until they were old enough and strong enough to be set loose on the moors.

This particular hog-house first appears on an 1849 map. The top level was a hay loft that could be filled up through a door from the upper part of the slope. The lower level provided room for the hogs to shelter beneath an insulating layer of hay. The hay was also used to feed the animals.

This building shows that in the early 1800s local landowners were investing in handsome buildings for their livestock. The sheep presumably still generated a considerable amount of the wealth in this area, even with the advent of new roads and trade.

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Books:

  • Brunskill RW 2007, Traditional Farm Buildings of Britain