England is a nation of shed lovers, one recent survey puts the figure at 20% of us owning a shed. From garden sheds to bikes sheds, wooden sheds to metal sheds, sheds have a long history and a multitude of uses aside from the storage of flower pots and the garden rake.
Shed is a derivation of an Old English word spelt shadde, shad or shedde which was first documented in 1481when referring to a “yearde in whiche was a shadde where in were six grete dogges.” While we still keep animals in such buildings, the need for storage separate to our house is as strong and ancient as our need for a roof over our head.
As far back as humans in caves, smaller caves and alcoves were used as storage areas separate from living areas. The evolution and development of the shed runs parallel to that of the … Read More