The Verwood and District Potteries Trust

Hurdle makers

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Hurdles & spar makers.

It is said there were still fifteen hurdlemakers in the Cranborne Chase area in the 1950's, and earlier there were many more. The chalk downlands close by needed thousands of hurdles when they were covered in sheep.

Another coppice product produced by hurdlemakers, thatching spars (hazel rods which were twisted to peg the thatch down like hair pins) were required in vast quantities when they were used every year to cover corn ricks.

The coppices also supplied the fuel to fite the pottery kilns, and until the mid 19th century all domestic heating and cooking.

Hurdle & spar makers

Len Lane, a lifetime of hurdle making.
Wilf Foster, a maker from Crendell.