The Walled Kitchen Garden
Back sheds are invariably found on the northern side of the northernmost wall, so as not to take up any precious wall space that could be used for growing fruit. Usually a long row of lean-to brick sheds, this was the ‘business end' of the garden. Here was found the potting shed, the tool shed, the boiler house and coal store, maybe a mushroom house, perhaps a forcing house and a fruit store.
The mess room usually had a small fire-grate, somewhere for the gardeners to eat their lunch and brew up some tea. There might sometimes be rudimentary living accommodation in the eaves above. Here too was the Head Gardener's office, perhaps with a wooden seed cabinet and shelves for the grape bottles, so that he could keep a close eye on their precious contents.