The boat that became a shed that won a competition

The boat that became a rather cool shed

Alex Holland’s shed 750ft above sea level in the Cambrian Mountains near Machynlleth – where else? – has just won the Shed of the Year Award sponsored by Cuprinol.

The whole thing is made from recycled materials. The roof in particular is a 14ft by 7ft inshore fishing boat from Cardigan Bay that was made between 1900 and 1910. To create the shed it was placed on a frame made up from four telegraph polesand covered with sheeting stuck down with roofing felt adhesive and liberally dosed with bitumen paint and roofing paint.

Read all about it here. My thanks to Giacomo de Stefano for spotting this one.


A wonderful shed at Barton Turf, Norfolk

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Old boat shed at Barton Turf

It’s been some time since we had a good boat shed on this weblog. This one’s at Barton Turf, by the side of the wonderful Barton Broad in Norfolk. Just by Cox’s Boatyard, its connection with the water is almost grown over, but the old shed itself is a work of pure art wrought by man and time… It’s also a place few people will visit unless they’re on a boating holiday, keep a boat at the yard or doing something interesting and educational at the nearby Barton Activity Centre.

I wonder whether the Cox name here has any connection with the wonderful old singer and melodeon player Harry Cox? As an adult he lived at Stalham, but was born at Barton Turf.

By the way, he was the real source of that famous old song, The Black Velvet Band, among others.

Postscript: two pals have been in touch following this post, Paul Davenport (see the comment below) reveals that this is his home area and there is a family connection between the boatyard Coxes and old Harry Cox (Catfield is close to Stalham, and half-way between Barton and Hickling Broads), while Pete Stockwell said the shed in question used to be a venue for parties back in the days when he used to sail Norfolk punts. Heck Pete, I’ll have to treat you with much more respect in future!

A boat shed to die for…

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My thanks to Chris Partridge of Rowing for Pleasure for this shot of an astounding, Ritzy boat shed at Netley, while out rowing on Southampton Water. Very desirable, I must say, and I do approve of the idea of having an out-house in the shape of a castle…