Brown's Hurdles



At the age of 82 and after six decades of making hurdles and spars, and providing pea-sticks and bean-rods, Alan has finally decided to hang up his billhook and take early retirement. Steve is currently working on other projects so no new orders are being taken.

Alan was one of the last traditional hurdlemakers, working full-time in the trade and making hurdles in the wood where the hazel was coppiced with the skills and tools passed down from father to son.

Alan and Steve would like to say thank-you to all their customers from over the years. This site will remain available for anyone interested in the topic of hurdlemaking.

Alan and Steve Brown with hurdle

Alan and Steve Brown are the sixth and seventh generation of the family to make hurdles and can trace the trade in the family back to the 19th Century.
Hurdles are ideal for use as a fence, windbreak or border edging.
They are also suitable to be used for climbing plants to grow up.

An example of hurdles used to create a garden fence

Hurdles used to protect a young hedge

Hurdles can protect young hedges...
...or, as in this case, make an effective natural boundary.

Hurdles used as a boundary

Alan Brown with a finished sheep hurdle

Traditional sheep hurdles are a variation of a standard hurdle for use as lambing pens or for folding sheep. Note the 'twilly hole' which is the gap in the hurdles to allow shepherds to carry a number of hurdles at one time.