If you are considering purchasing a new garden shed and believe it’s simply a matter of going to the local hardware store and picking one out, then there are several factors you need to consider.

First of all, and maybe most important to consider is placement. Where you decide to put your new shed is very crucial in this process. Once you have decided where it will go, you have other things to consider, just within the realm of placement. For instance, placing a garden shed in an area that isn’t level can make it structurally unsound and it can pose a danger to you and your family.

Next, you have to consider all of the outside things that need to be done before building your shed. There are a variety of things to consider like city codes which may require a permit to build one. Make sure to check with your City to ensure all of the proper steps have been taken. You also need to check with your Home Owners Association where applicable, to make sure that building your new structure is permissible.

The area you live in is also a factor in the material used to construct your garden shed. If you live in an area that experiences a lot of moisture, choosing wood as the building material is probably not the way you want to go. Luckily, there is a wide variety of construction materials available for building, anything from wood to steel.

The task of building your own shed may seem daunting, but keep in mind they are also available prefabricated in every possible variety. Before choosing your materials and deciding whether to build your own or buy premade, have the look of the structure picked out. It will be important to choose a style and color that looks good with the coloring of your home, and blends well with your landscaping. Over-customizing your garden shed could effect the resale value of your home, so it is crucial to choose something appealing to the overlook of your outdoor space if you intend to sell in the next few years.

Lastly, be sure to decide on the proper size. You want to make sure that your new garden shed isn’t overbearing in comparison to the rest of your yard while you give yourself plenty of space to store all of your gardening tools. It will take a little bit of work, but once you are done you will be happy you decided to add this structure to your yard.

You can learn about large garden sheds, and get much more information, articles and resources about garden sheds by visiting Wooden Garden Shed.

Cleeve Tea Gardens, Frenchay
Cleeve Mill off of Cleeve Wood Road, originally a corn mill, but until about 1885 it was used as an iron mill to produce agricultural instruments which were exported to the North American colonies and the West Indies. After 1885 it became a tea garden with people catching the train from Bristol to Fishponds, then a walk to the Tea Gardens to enjoy tea for 9 pence and a rowing boat up the
river almost as far as Hambrook. The Tea gardens closed in 1956 and the chimney was taken down in 1960. The mill was auctioned in 1982 along with the worker’s cottages alongside.

The large bridge by the Cleve Tea Gardens, on the Bath road, which seems to have been superimposed on an earlier one of a much lower level. The last is that beyond the foot of the Post Office hill, Frenchay, near the entrance to Oldbury Court, built by private subscriptions in 1788. Before that date the river was crossed by a ford, the road from the Flock Mill sloping down to the river bed, and the road which passes the entrance to Frenchay Mill running down to the river through the present grounds of Frenchay Cottage, which was built after the erection of the bridge.


The Frenchay Iron Company

There were two Companies which amalgamated in 1810: the Upper Works, now the Cleve Tea Gardens, and the Lower Works, now the Frenchay Flock Mill. The former premises were conveyed in 1798 by Edward and Richard Parker to James Browne, described as "All that tenement and water-grist mill, formerly called Barnett’s or Read’s, but sometime since converted into an iron mill " and then in the possession of James Brown as tenant.

The Lower Works were established in 1761 on a site rented on a long lease from a member of the Harford family. The mill was built in that year, and also the house over the mill stream known as the Manager’s House, and later as Ivy Cottage, or Fern Cottage. Between 1782 and 1808 Messrs. Browne and Gibbons appear as being in occupation of the Lower Works. In 1810 Samuel Hobbs, who had been manager of the Frenchay Works, became a shareholder in the amalgamation. He died in 1831; the Gentleman’s Magazine refers to him as "beloved by all his workmen, and respected by all who knew him." He was succeeded by his grandson, Thomas J. Croome Hobbs, who in 1861 became sole proprietor of the Company. He lived in the house now called Frenchay Cottage, built by Samuel Hobbs. He died in 1867, being succeeded by his son Samuel Croome Hobbs, who occupied the house called Grove House. On his death in 1868 his widow carried on the business until 1876, when she married William Perry, of Hambrook. Mr. (later Sir) Joseph D. Weston purchased the Lower Works, and Samuel Sidney Hobbs, a son of Mrs. Perry, carried on the Upper Works until one of the beneficiaries under T. J. C. Hobbs’ will instituted a chancery suit, which resulted in the sale of the property to pay expenses.

The Frenchay property was afterwards purchased by the late Mr. Thomas Moore, who had been connected with the business as early as in 1869; he established a grinding and file-cutting business, and afterwards converted it into a Flock Mill, which is now carried on by his two sons.

The original Company, which manufactured agricultural implements, spades, shovels, hoes, etc., had an extensive connection in the British Isles, the Colonies, and elsewhere. Messrs. Bromhead & Sons, late of Milk Street, Bristol, had specimens of huge hoes, manufactured by the Company and exported to the West Indies for use on the Cotton Plantations (most of the above information was supplied by the late Mr. Francis Hobbs).
By brizzle born and bred on 2013-03-03 13:16:25
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