wagon sheds

This small shed was built close to the farmyard to house carts and wagons needed on the farm. It probably dates from the 18th century.

Wagon Shed

The wagon shed from Wiston on its original site before being dismantled.

In most farmsteads the wagon shed will be found either outside the yard or facing outwards from the buildings arranged round its perimeter. Many wagon sheds are simply open-fronted buildings — similar to shelter sheds for cattle, but recognisable because they face outwards from the yard. Others, like this example from Wiston, are closed on one or both sides but open at both ends. Generally this allows a wagon to be drawn in and out without reversing, but the Wiston shed was built on steeply rising ground and could only be entered from one end. A third type of wagon shed consists of a two storey building, providing an open ground floor for wagons and a first floor granary reached by an outside staircase.

The Wiston wagon shed is a very simple, traditional building, framed in oak and with a tiled roof. It is almost identical to one on another farmstead on the Wiston estate, possibly built by the same carpenter. It probably dates from the 18th century.