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An Elegy for a Shed, Hopton, Suffolk - 28th March 2005

The Boy Phil helps to clear out his Grandad's old sheds. Seeing as his grandad used to repair televisions and radios, the sheds are full of the most amazing heaps of hardware: wirelesses, 8-track stereos, ancient testing and measurement gear, user manuals from the 50s and hundreds of valves, mostly still in their boxes - including loads of classic Mullards. There are even a couple of proper old tellies - ones from the 70s with only 4 channel buttons (the fourth often being ITA2 and not Channel 4), including a Ferguson much like the one Nosher's own grandparents had. The collection has been untouched for a few years, and cobwebs inhabit the near- and far-reaches of the sheds. The task of clearing out is not a small one, and as in all such situations there's a bit of sadness that so much history must be binned or burned: these photos, within hours, were already historical records of something that once was

next album: The SCC Social Club, Demolition of Diss Publishing and Grandad has a Burn Up, Ipswich, Diss and Brome - 2nd April 2005
previous album: Wavy and the Milking Room, Dairy Farm, Thrandeston, Suffolk - 28th March 2005

2005 Heaps of stuff

Heaps of stuff

2005 Janice, Phil's mum, pokes about

Janice, Phil's mum, pokes about

2005 Two tellies and a top-loading washing machine

Two tellies and a top-loading washing machine

2005 Mullard and Ediswan valves

Mullard and Ediswan valves

2005 The valve room

The valve room

2005 Phil rummages around

Phil rummages around

2005 Another view of the television shed

Another view of the television shed

2005 Two folorn old tins of ICI Dulux paint on a shelf on the wall

Two folorn old tins of ICI Dulux paint on a shelf on the wall

2005 Some sort of substantial electrical gear

Some sort of substantial electrical gear

2005 Richard, Phil's uncle, clears out

Richard, Phil's uncle, clears out

2005 The dark corners of a shed

The dark corners of a shed

2005 The back of a television

The back of a television

2005 A couple of field-strength voltmeters on a bench

A couple of field-strength voltmeters on a bench

2005 Janice through a window

Janice through a window

2005 More valve boxes

More valve boxes

2005 The entrance to the 'valve room', with a poster for RGD televisions and radios

The entrance to the 'valve room', with a poster for RGD televisions and radios

2005 The door of an adjacent shed, with fantastic peeling paint

The door of an adjacent shed, with fantastic peeling paint

2005 A cobwebbed lightswitch and lock

A cobwebbed lightswitch and lock

2005 Shelves full of rotting paper

Shelves full of rotting paper

2005 A rotting door with peeling paint

A rotting door with peeling paint

2005 A box of old bottles

A box of old bottles

2005 A box of lightbulbs looking like a clutch of un-hatched eggs

A box of lightbulbs looking like a clutch of un-hatched eggs

2005 Mick and Richard in a Nissen hut

Mick and Richard in a Nissen hut

2005 Uncle Mick burns up some stuff

Uncle Mick burns up some stuff

2005 Surveying the scene

Surveying the scene

2005 Some hanging baskets

Some hanging baskets

2005 Daffodils bloom amongst the detritus of a life

Daffodils bloom amongst the detritus of a life

2005 A fantastic old fan

A fantastic old fan

2005 Mick and Richard take time-out for a spot of lunch

Mick and Richard take time-out for a spot of lunch

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Heaps of stuff