The Making of Little Stoke's New Home And Workshop


As We need a permanent home for little stoke, We decided to use a Section of David Hallams Shed errected Approx 10 Years ago (1998/99) with help from Jonathan and Nicholas Hallam.

The Shed is known as a "Pole Shed" so there is no need for Planning Permission...

The shed is a 3 bay shed, but we decided to use 1 bay to make into Little Stoke's Workshop/ Home. 

To make this possable we need to put sides, roof and door on the pole shed to make it weather-proof to work on and store Little Stoke.

The following Pictures you may find a little boring but they are here for nostalga/reference.


 Benjamin Hallam boring a hole 


                            .                                                               A Closer View (Ben is 18 at the time of this Photo)



Through At last 


                                                                                                    Not sure What David Hallam is doing here (he is 70 at the time of this pic)



Up a little more 



Another Shot





Roof thats kinda, well, Not all there 


                                                                                                                    Some sides on



                                                                                                                                                                               David Hard at it

                                                                                       Is this an action shot or a pose? answers on a postcard please.



                                                                                                                                                                              It's looking good 

                                                                                                                         Mighty Fine!.



                                   Sunday 11th October



                                                                                                                                                                                  A roof Section  

                                                                                                                                                             Same roof Section Ready for take off



                                                                                                                                 Same roof Section Ready for take off with rope attached.  

                                                                                                        Same roof Section About to be lifted 


 In Position  


                                                                                                              Second Stage in position.



You can't see the join! 


                                                                                                                             Looking good.




Roof Nearly complete   


                                                                                                                                                           Looking Good.



Lifting Side Wall Supports into position 



                                                                                                                 Primative but it works a treat



More side wall in place



                                                                                                                         Still a way to go  








Preparations  For Concrete


with this shed we wanted to make it comftable to work in,

So we decided the only true comfort in a shed would to have a concrete floor,

Jonny, Being the person who has had more experience with concrete than all the rest of the family set about making this happen.



                                                                                            firstlly we had to empty the shed of all remaining items




                                                                                                                      Moving the Headstock.




Once emptied jonny then used a mini digger to level the ground


                                                                                    After Ground had been leveled, Shuttering and Plastic in place.



Nearly There


                                                                                                          Concrete En-Route (apparently)





                                    Some things in life are never easy, Firstly the Concrete was supposed to be delivered at 2pm, 3:45pm it turns up, In a bigger Lorry than was expected, consequently it couldnt come in the way that was planned!.

      we had to then make arrangements for it to come over david's land,

problem here was that we had a lot of wet weather and this left the ground very soggy , and yes you guessed it, the lorry got stuck!

 So here we are, light fading, 12 tons of concrete on a truck that was about 60 foot short of the shed, wheels a spinning bogging down..

first attempt, use David's Massey 65 to try and pull it towards the shed,

(we thought this might have a chance as we used this tractor to move little stoke some months previous, massey in action clip can be veiwed here), No, This didnt work, We managed to pull it About 10 foot, Still 50 foot short,

we then decided to try David's 1973 JCB Mark II, David opperated the back actor of the machine to Victory, Yes this was making an impact! Slow but surely he pulled the lorry and load ever closer to the shed.

                                                                    Once the lorry was able to get a good traction it finally backed into position and let the load out.


                                                                                   As i was saying nothing is as simple as you think!

                                    Ok lorry emptied, cleaned out, and ready to roll! Not! More problems,

The only way out was to go back the way he came well you might be right in thinking  it got stuck.

well yes it did! we had a full load of wet concrete in the shed and here was us trying to get the lorry off our field,

after 30 mins jonny decided to leave David & Phil to get this off the land while Jonny went to start on the wet concrete.

 About 1 hour it took to get it off the land here is the aftermath the following day.





                                                                                                                           Oh Bugger!


Phil starts on the concrete


                                                                                                             Jonny & Nick Finish off the job




 Jonny came back several times to float finish the floor. 


                                                                                                                        looking Good



Work In Progress David & Phil  

                                                                                                                                              What A Team



                                                                                                                          End of 2009     

                                                                                                                                        Preperations for winter 2010

                                                             Sunday 7th November Phil & David Hallam Errect some tempory cover for the shed so we can continue to paint and assemble throughtout the winter


                                                                                                                                A simple but effective door, Idea By Phil Hallam 





Plastic sides put together by David & Phil Hallam Sunday 21st November 2010


Front Hinged Pannel (to allow engine in with chimmney on) Framework Built by David,Phil & Ben Hallam 24th November 2010