The common 6×6 or 6×5 shed has many many uses, from the mundane for the storage of garden tools, for use as a garden workshop where you can beaver away making various bit and pieces for the garden or indoors, some will use the shed for general storage where there is no space in the house, or for following different hobbies. Some people have converted their garden sheds, by insulating and lining the building to keep it warm into garden home offices and it also inspires people to be artistic and creative. The garden shed is always a place where you can get away from the bustle of the garden and the world and sometimes can seem like another world.
The quiet inspiration which sheds have given to people with creative minds is immense. These people have seen beyond the basic use and have taken these havens in the garden to inspire them in all manner of different things.
Many authors have used a garden shed for writing, Roald Dahl, the children’s author had his own special shed. Other famous writers know to have written in them were George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling and Dylan Thomas. They may have ‘tarted’ the sheds up but essentially they are the same as what we store our gardening bits and pieces in. Recently the well known, loveable comedian Vic Reeves admitted that he to uses his shed for creative purposes.
Vic, who hosted offbeat BBC TV quiz Shooting Stars wrote his book, Vic Reeves Book of Knowledge, about a book-cum-art-collection, in his garden shed over a period of 3 months. His shed gave him the tranquillity to concentrate away from the fast moving world around him. One of the highlights of the book, which sound pretty horrible to me, is the exploration of head lice. He claims that if you are infected by head lice you will be ostracised from your barracks, mocked by women, oppressed, persecuted and even shot. So not to be recommended. Besides this there was a lot of good reading matter if you are into that sort of thing.
Hard to believe that something as simple as a 6X6 or 6×5 shed could be so much to so many for so many different reasons. Bearing in mind that, certainly commercially, garden sheds are a relatively new idea and have their roots in the 1950’s where many garden shed makers set up business to feed the demand it makes you wonder what people did before then. Over the years many garden shed firms have come and gone, a lot of them making the ‘cheap and nasty’ sheds made down to a price. These companies have paid the price – where the number of complaints about the quality of the cheap materials which split and had knots dropping out – made them go out of business.
There have been many things stored in garden sheds over the years, which most people have not or could not imagine. Whilst you could imagine odd pieces of furniture, gardening tools, old clothes, old bikes and various items put in there ‘just in case they will come in useful’ could you imagine finding a dead body. Obviously this is quite extreme and you would have thought that this sort of thing would have stuck out like a sore thumb. I found this information on the Internet and actually have my doubts that a 6×6 or 6×5 shed would be a place where a body would be left (wouldn’t be big enough), but there nothing so ‘strange as folk’ as they say.
It has been known for people to find old bombs in their gardens and thinking they were not dangerous just put them at the back of the shed, why – I don’t know!! And there they stay. When you take over this potentially dangerous shed – you don’t call Ghost Busters – but the British Army Bomb squad, just to be sure.
Drugs, such as cannabis seeds, can also be found stored in sheds, admitted not very often, whilst waiting for the law to change so they can be grown legally. It’s unlikely these will be growing without someone knowing as they need very specific conditions to germinate. Also, shady characters have been known to keep their stolen booty in the shed away from the house and then sell these knock off items when the heat dies down.
Beside the above there have been many treasures found at the back of sheds where the owners have just put them there out of the way as they did not know their value. In a Polish shed, which was owned by a 92 year old former bricklayer, last year 300 paintings worth a vast amount was found and police were baffled as to how they got there. These included works of art from the Renaissance and German baroque periods, with the oldest painting dating back to 1532.
Also a while ago a historical booklet with information about a Suffolk famous garden was found in a garden shed. This booklet, which was found in a shed in Suffolk at the National Trust’s Ickworth Estate, contained details of what the garden looked like in the past and where plants were sited in the garden. Sean Read, the head gardener, hopes that the discovery of this booklet at the garden will help the estate to reconstruct lost features and also some of the original features of the county estate.
It was Capability Brown, the famous eighteenth century garden designer, who was the inspiration behind the estate gardens. Reid said that the discovery was the most fantastic find for the National Trust and that he found it hard to describe what it feels like to have come across this amazing piece of Ickworth’s history. He further said that any gardener would do anything to obtain this precious information and that he was amazed this had been sitting there all this time in a 6 x 6 humble garden potting shed.
If you have some treasures you want to store then take a look at the Diamond Barnham or Platinum Workshops ranges as these are like works of arts themselves and which the everyday person can aspire to and afford.