Corrugated Iron Club


Corrugated iron club

History and Background

A 19th century catalogue

Words for
Corrugated Iron

Tin Tabernacles


Nissen Huts







New Zealand

Corrugated Iron ‘Down the Deep Lanes’

Corrugated Iron: A Personal Interest

Corrugated Iron Buildings in County Durham

Photos from the Dorset Buildings Group

Poetry and Music


On the Beach …

Royal Gunpowder Mills


The Cake Tin

Corrugated Iron and wild life

Tin Towns


An Australian web-site

Contributor Galleries

Corrugated Comments and Links

Answer and offer some

Some Answers and Technical Notes

Due to other commitments we are not able to accept contributions to this site for the time being – we hope to return to it during 2005, so keep looking!
We also apologize to anyone who has e-mailed us and has not received a reply – there is a large backlog which may not be addressed for the foreseeable future.


10.9.03 – Really like the idea of your web site. Although my own research is related to 626 Squadron which flew Lancasters from RAF Wickenby in Lincolnshire during WWII, you cannot research a WWII Bomber Squadron without coming across Nissen Huts, they appeared all over the airfields. Nissen Huts were put to all kinds of uses, from stores to accommodation and from offices to NAAFI establishments. I have always found information about Nissen Huts difficult to come by so thought I would add my own contribution to your site. Below is a picture of a classic WWII RAF accommodation Nissen Hut for your collection.

If anyone should come across detailed plans of WWII Nissen Huts I would certainly like to hear from them.

Dave Stapleton

You can read more about Nissen Huts in the May 1999 issue of “Civil Engineering Surveyor”


An essay on Tin Tabernacles by Lizzie Induni

Report and illustrations of a Tin Tabernacle in Skelton, Teeside by Gary Green

David Rowell and Co. : a 19th century Corrugated Iron buildings catalogue

Corrugated Iron Buildings in County Durham by Norman Emery.

See some examples of Tin Tabernacles: Start at Draycott in the Clay and click on to follow the Tabernacle “pilgrimage”

You can also look at Tin Tabernacles on Ian Smith’s excellent web-site:


The Corrugated Iron Club

Welcome! This virtual community welcomes enthusiasts from all over the world. If we had a membership it would be by submission of photographs and captions, notes, essays, observations that might make their way onto the web-site.

It may be thought that sheets of galvanised corrugated iron would make for standardised buildings. Far from it. The material has not had a homogenising influence mainly because it lends itself to small scale, self-build enterprises which reflect a precise functional response to need. The result is simplicity, functionally dictated and locally tempered, and sometimes idiosyncrasy plays a part.

Colours often carry or create local resonances – red, black, white, grey, whilst sympathetic deterioration leads to the soft rusty patinated walls and roofs which feel such a part of the landscape.

“I have always thought that cui is one of the most valuable conservation materials ever invented: it has probably saved more historic buildings than anything else. Not only that, but it looks really good in the countryside” … NM

Building in Corrugated Iron

Henry Robinson Palmer (1795 ­ 1844, the founder of the Institute of Civil Engineers) is credited with inventing corrugating iron which renders the sheets much stronger (London, 1828). The process of galvanising protects the sheets from oxidising, it involves dipping in zinc which alloys to the steel surface preferentially sacrificing itself to weathering offering protection from rust for possibly 50 years in clean, unsalt-laden air.

Popularity increased for ‘the galvanise’ (Dorset term of endearment) during the nineteenth and at least half of the twentieth century. It was used for farming and industrial buildings, for substitute roofing especially for thatch and for the creation of small buildings of all kinds based upon its cheapness and its ease of use. Perhaps for these same reasons it has not been highly valued, but it has its admirers.

Peter Beacham (English Heritage) writes on corrugated iron alongside James Ravilious‘ photographs for “Down the Deep Lanes”

Lizzie Induni and the Dorset Buildings Group are campaigning for the corrugated iron buildings in Dorset and the South West.
Here is a glimpse of their archive


A poem by Katrina Porteous features the corrugated iron huts used by ‘The Pigeon Men‘