Romney hut

Romney hut at the former RAF Tholthorpe (2012).
Romney hut near Eastoft, Lincolnshire, July 2007

The Romney hut is a prefabricated steel structure used by the British military, developed during World War II to supersede the Iris hut.


At the outbreak of World War II, the British military developed a series of prefabricated huts to supplement the World-War-I-era Nissen hut. The Iris hut was one of these, a medium-scale hut of 35 feet (11 m) span and from 60 feet (18 m) to 96 feet (29 m) in length, with bays of 4 feet (1.2 m) sectional length able to be added as required. However, the Iris hut had a major design flaw: it was unable to resist the weight of snow lying on the roof and had a tendency to collapse after snowfalls. For this reason, it was superseded by the Romney hut by 1941.[1]

Both the Iris hut and the Romney hut were constructed of a clamped tubular steel frame with a central entrance.[2] The hut was used to accommodate facilities for which abnormal roof spans were required.[3] On some airfields, two or more Romney or Iris huts would be erected to accommodate large stores and workshops, or occasionally used as aircraft hangars.[4]

It was invented by Lt Col Edgar Frank Brawn of the Royal Engineers.[5]

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  1. ^ Dobinson, Colin (2001). AA Command: Britain's anti-aircraft defences of World War II. Methuen. p. 325. ISBN 9780413765406.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1412391)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  3. ^ The Civil Engineer in War: Airfields, Roads, Railways, and Bridges. Institution of Civil Engineers. 1948. p. 90.
  4. ^ Smith, David J. (1981). Action Stations: Military airfields of Wales and the North-West. Stephens. ISBN 0850594855.
  5. ^ HEH,JSB,DB (1980). "The Royal Engineers Journal". The Supplement to the Royal Engineers Journal. 94 (1). ISSN 0035-8878.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)