The shed in English Culture


A motorised shed has broken the world speed record for such vehicles by reaching 100 mph along Pendine Sands.  This is one of those very English, very eccentric stories about single-minded inventors who spend time and money turning their somewhat crazy inspirations into factual experiences.


The shed occupies a distinctive role in English culture.  The shed is a retreat, a hideaway where people can retreat temporarily from the cares and clutter of the world outside.  True, it is somewhere you can put stuff that you can’t put anywhere else. It might store tools, garden equipment, or even a bicycle, but it also has the distinctive role of providing a space where a person can relax in solitude.  A shed is somewhere a person can think.


Now it can be debated whether or not it needs to travel at 100 mph, but it remains true that a motorized shed can change its location.  If the noise of the children playing, or the demands of the house are too close at hand, a roadworthy shed can move to a more peaceful location, maybe somewhere near quiet woods, or maybe on a cliff overlooking the soothing sight and sound of waves breaking below.  


A motorized shed brings many possibilities in its wake.  It could substitute for a caravan in a low-cost holiday; it could act as a changing hut by the sea-shore; it could act as a summerhouse by actually moving to where the sun is shining. Opportunities abound from the new development, and its inventor deserves the praise of every solitary shed-dweller.  Well done.