Meet the king of sheds whos judged Britains backyard boozers and pagan dens

A shed overlord who set out to find Britain's wackiest and most unique outbuildings says the days of them only belonging to blokes are over.

Andrew Wilcox was sinking a pint in 2006 when he decided to launch a competition to find the best sheds in the country, which has since unearthed the weird and wonderful.

Sheds were a love of Andrew's long before 16 years ago and he recalled to the Daily Star how as a kid he would visit his grandad and his retired miner mates in a small village of sheds which they built from scrap metal.

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When looking for a shed of his own, the 'Head Sheddie' created for inspiration and before he knew it ‘Shed of the Year’ was born – and later supported by paint brand Cuprinol.

Andrew told the Daily Star: “The first winner of Shed of the Year was a Roman Temple – I thought I would not get surprised again after that – but each year the sheddies surprise me."

This year has been no different for surprising sheds as we learned earlier this year when checking out the front runners – which included a makeshift traditional country pub and a "miraculous and life-saving" temple.

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Kelly Haworth from Bury, Greater Manchester, was last week announced as Cuprinol's overall winner for her impressive potting shed which set her back just £200 on upcycling materials.

The pub/entertainment category saw a host of watering holes worthy of paying customers, especially given some of their names such as Pablo Discobar and The Booby Trap.

The humble shed has clearly come along way in just a few years.

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Andrew said: “It used to be stereotyped that the bloke would go down the shed to get away from the house, but that’s long gone – we see so many lady sheddies who have created amazing spaces – from art rooms to reading spaces, to gin bars and workshops.

"Just looking at this year we had a children's natural history shed, a small Folly to escape to and the temple to the smallpox vaccine – and that was in just one category the unexpected/unique."

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Another entrant was The Barracks – a military themed container which inside looks more like a World War Two museum and stuffed with over 30 fully-equipped soldier mannequins plus original items.

Andrew has also come across small buildings which may as well be packed with spirits given how eerie they look.

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He said: “We have a few sheddies who collect stuffed animals and Victorian curiosities and the like, which are a bit scary to me! We also have a couple of modern Pagans who own sheds. On the whole a shed can be a welcoming place for everyone and anyone.

“I'm looking forward to seeing more and more artistic looking sheds, where sheddies are using Cuprinol to be more creative with the look of the sheds, not just one colour but multiple.

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“I'm sure the sheddies will surprise me yet again, maybe a few towers or a temple again for the 17th year of Shed of the Year in 2023.”


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