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Sheds Collection

From historic motor racing tracks to charming coastal towns, sheds hold stories of their own

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey

LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station, Bermondsey
Built by the London County Council (LCC) and opened in 1928, Dockhead fire station replaced two older Bermondsey fire stations that were closed down

Background imageSheds Collection: Cockle Sheds, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Cockle Sheds, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Cockle Sheds, Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. Date: 1900s

Background imageSheds Collection: Brooklands motor racing track

Brooklands motor racing track. 20th century

Background imageSheds Collection: LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station

LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station
The fire station at Leyton, located at 90b Church Road, London E10

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Cannon Street fire station, City of London

LCC-LFB Cannon Street fire station, City of London
Cannon Street fire station was opened in 1906. Seen here are its three appliances on the station forecourt. Fire brigade horses had now been replaced by motorised fire appliances

Background imageSheds Collection: GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room

GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room
The appliance room of the newly commissioned Lewisham Fire Station, located in Lewisham High Street, SE London. Showing Lewishams appliances, a pump-escape, pump and emergency tender

Background imageSheds Collection: Rheidol Vale Railway

Rheidol Vale Railway
The Vale of Rheidol Railway, Aberystwyth, Wales, opened in 1902 to serve the local lead mines. Here is one of the engine sheds at Aberystwyth. The line was privatised 1989

Background imageSheds Collection: GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops

GLC-LFB - Croydon vehicle workshops
The GLC-LFB was created on 1 April 1965. A series of photos was commissioned of each location, either within or absorbed into the enlarged London Fire Brigade

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances

LCC-LFB Lambeth fire station with appliances
Lambeth fire station (Brigade Headquarters) with pump-escape, pump and 100 foot turntable ladder. The station had three other appliances: an emergency tender, breakdown lorry and canteen van

Background imageSheds Collection: Beddington & Wallington Urban District Council fire brigade

Beddington & Wallington Urban District Council fire brigade
The Beddington and Wallington Urban District Council fire brigade

Background imageSheds Collection: Port, Whitstable, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Port, Whitstable, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageSheds Collection: Euston Locomotive Sheds

Euston Locomotive Sheds
Express locomotives stabled in the engine sheds at Euston Station

Background imageSheds Collection: Domestic Dog, Border Collie, working sheepdog, adult, looking under wooden door on farm, England

Domestic Dog, Border Collie, working sheepdog, adult, looking under wooden door on farm, England, December

Background imageSheds Collection: Winter scenery hut and Zugspitze mountain in winter seen from the village of Erwald Erwald, Alps

Winter scenery hut and Zugspitze mountain in winter seen from the village of Erwald Erwald, Alps, Austria
SAS-350 Winter scenery - hut and Zugspitze mountain in winter seen from the village of Erwald Erwald, Alps, Austria Steffen & Alexandra Sailer Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Holloway fire station appliance room

LCC-LFB Holloway fire station appliance room
Station 76 was Holloway fire station, North London, located in Mayton Street, opened in 1907. Here its self propelled pump and pump-escape stand ready in the appliance room

Background imageSheds Collection: Paddington Station, platform 5 and 6 - London

Paddington Station, platform 5 and 6 - London. Date: early 1930s

Background imageSheds Collection: Woman on a 1938 Ariel motorcycle

Woman on a 1938 Ariel motorcycle
Woman on a 1938 Ariel 500cc motorcycle in garden circa 1938

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Wandsworth Fire Station appliance room

LCC-LFB Wandsworth Fire Station appliance room
The newly opened fire station at Wandsworth, West Hill, with the stations appliances plus an Auxiliary Fire Service pump lined up in the appliance room

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Magirus (screw) 100ft turntable ladder

LCC-LFB Magirus (screw) 100ft turntable ladder
An example of the Dennis Morris Magirus turntable ladder in its fire station appliance room

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB fire station appliance room with engines

LCC-LFB fire station appliance room with engines
London firefighters turning out on a fire call from Wandsworth fire station, SW London

Background imageSheds Collection: Aerial View - Railway Goods Station at Marylebone Station

Aerial View - Railway Goods Station at Marylebone Station
This photograph shows a portion of the extensive Railway Goods Station at Marylebone Station, Great Central Railway. The illustration consists chiefly of the roof of the sheds

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB Kensington fire station, SW London

LCC-LFB Kensington fire station, SW London
Located in Old Court Place near Kensington Church Street, Kensington fire station retained a horse drawn turntable ladder until 1921 when it was finally replaced by a motorised version

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-LFB vehicle repair workshops, Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB vehicle repair workshops, Lambeth HQ
The London Fire Brigade vehicle repair and maintenance workshops located within the extensive headquarters complex in Lambeth, SE1

Background imageSheds Collection: Advert for J. Thorn & Sons portable sheds and greenhouses

Advert for J. Thorn & Sons portable sheds and greenhouses
Put it in Thorns. Thorns garden sheds are so popular because, as being necessary to ensure a well-kept garden, they are sold at popular prices. Date: 1936

Background imageSheds Collection: Seven Sopwith 2F1 Camels lined up on the deck of HMS Furious

Seven Sopwith 2F1 Camels lined up on the deck of HMS Furious prior to the raid on the Tondern airship sheds on 19 July 1918

Background imageSheds Collection: LCC-MFB Kensington fire station, W London

LCC-MFB Kensington fire station, W London
The appliance room of the former Kensington fire station which was located in King Street, W8. It was built in 1871 and closed in 1905 when the new Kensington fire station was opened

Background imageSheds Collection: Light Shed by Liz Magor, public art on the waterfront at Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Light Shed by Liz Magor, public art on the waterfront at Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, North America

Background imageSheds Collection: The Bristol Filton works in October 1910

The Bristol Filton works in October 1910 after the addition of two new sheds. Date: 1910

Background imageSheds Collection: Domestic Goat, Saanen, Toggenburg and British Alpine nanny goats

Domestic Goat, Saanen, Toggenburg and British Alpine nanny goats, herd being milked in milking parlour, Lancashire, England, November

Background imageSheds Collection: Garden - plants flowers lawn & summer house

Garden - plants flowers lawn & summer house
SG-20278 Garden - plants flowers lawn & summer house Ardea London contact details: prints@ardea.com tel: +44 (0) 20 8318 1401

Background imageSheds Collection: Domestic Cattle, Holstein dairy heifer, wearing neck collar with transponder, Lochmaben, Lockerbie

Domestic Cattle, Holstein dairy heifer, wearing neck collar with transponder, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, april

Background imageSheds Collection: RAF AT Aerial-Target 1917

RAF AT Aerial-Target 1917
Engineers Working on a Raf-At Aerial-Target 1917 Early Uav Target Drone in a Hangar at Farnborough in 1917 Date: 1917

Background imageSheds Collection: Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams
Thomas de Franzoni

Background imageSheds Collection: Cutting ice on the St Lawrence river, Canada, using a steam-powered saw

Cutting ice on the St Lawrence river, Canada, using a steam-powered saw. In background on right are insulated sheds
531793 Cutting ice on the St Lawrence river, Canada, using a steam-powered saw. In background on right are insulated sheds used to store the ice for use in the summer

Background imageSheds Collection: Storing ice in insulated sheds at Charles's Ice Store, Chelsea, London. For use in summer

Storing ice in insulated sheds at Charles's Ice Store, Chelsea, London. For use in summer. Wood engraving 1861
531787 Storing ice in insulated sheds at Charles's Ice Store, Chelsea, London. For use in summer. Wood engraving 1861; Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageSheds Collection: Metal shed in winter, Nulato, Alaska, USA

Metal shed in winter, Nulato, Alaska, USA
Detail of sheet metal patterns curling on the side of a corrugated metal shed patched together in winter; Nulato, Interior Alaska, Alaska, United States of America

Background imageSheds Collection: Motor racing circuit track at Brooklands, Surrey

Motor racing circuit track at Brooklands, Surrey. 1930s

Background imageSheds Collection: Houses in Stockley Park affected by flies on rubbish brought from London

Houses in Stockley Park affected by flies on rubbish brought from London and tipped into the disused clay pits. Londoners would load barges on the canal and come to tip the industrial

Background imageSheds Collection: The new High Speed Train servicing depot was opened at Heaton on 7th November 1977 when

The new High Speed Train servicing depot was opened at Heaton on 7th November 1977 when one of the new locomotives broke through a giant tape driven by rail boss Peter Parker

Background imageSheds Collection: Zeppelin LZ-6 Airship Entering its Hangar by Lake Constance

Zeppelin LZ-6 Airship Entering its Hangar by Lake Constance

Background imageSheds Collection: Panavia MRCA Tornado prototype

Panavia MRCA Tornado prototype
The Panavia Mrca Tornado First Prototype P1 D-9591 Parked with Variable-Geometry Wing Swept-Back and Hangars Behind Date: 1975

Background imageSheds Collection: Dornier Do-23

Dornier Do-23
A Dornier Do-23 Parked on the Apron in Front of a Hangar Date: 1930s

Background imageSheds Collection: Garden tools silhouetted in potting shed window. September, UK

Garden tools silhouetted in potting shed window. September, UK

Background imageSheds Collection: Fishing boats and sheds in coastal village New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Fishing boats and sheds in coastal village New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Background imageSheds Collection: UK, England, Suffolk, Southwold, Beach Hut, Happy Days

UK, England, Suffolk, Southwold, Beach Hut, Happy Days

Background imageSheds Collection: UK, England, Bedfordshire, Shortstown, Cardington Airfield, previously RAF Cardington

UK, England, Bedfordshire, Shortstown, Cardington Airfield, previously RAF Cardington, Royal Airship Works, former Airship Sheds

Background imageSheds Collection: UK, England, Suffolk, Southwold, Beach Hut

UK, England, Suffolk, Southwold, Beach Hut

Background imageSheds Collection: USA, Maine, Bailey Island, Lobster Fishermans Shack

USA, Maine, Bailey Island, Lobster Fishermans Shack



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From historic motor racing tracks to charming coastal towns, sheds hold stories of their own. At the Brooklands motor racing track, sheds once housed mechanics and tools that fueled the adrenaline-fueled races. Meanwhile, LCC-LFB Dockhead fire station in Bermondsey relied on sturdy sheds to store life-saving equipment for firefighters. In Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the Cockle Sheds stand as a testament to the town's rich fishing heritage. These humble structures were once bustling hubs where fishermen prepared their nets and stored their catch. Similarly, at LFCDA-LFB Leyton fire station and GLC-LFB New Lewisham fire station appliance room, sheds served as vital storage spaces for firefighting gear. Venturing further into Kent's Whitstable port reveals weathered sheds that have witnessed centuries of maritime activity. From housing fishing equipment to storing goods awaiting exportation across Europe, these they can a silent witness to trade and commerce. Away from urban landscapes lies Rheidol Vale Railway's shed - a sanctuary for steam locomotives after a long day of transporting passengers through picturesque Welsh valleys. It also play an essential role in rural life. In England's countryside farms, Border Collies like this adult working sheepdog can be found peeking under wooden doors of farmyard sheds - ever-vigilant companions ensuring livestock safety during cold December days. Even within city limits, such as GLC-LFB Croydon vehicle workshops or LCC-LFB Cannon Street fire station in City of London or Beddington & Wallington Urban District Council fire brigade stations with appliances in Lambeth; these functional structures provide shelter for emergency vehicles and serve as operational bases for brave firefighters ready to protect our communities. Whether holding memories of roaring engines or witnessing tales from land and sea alike, these unassuming shelters known as 'sheds' continue to weave themselves into the fabric of our lives.