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Essex pub takes on a summerhouse and a teapot in the battle to win Shed of the Year

A compact pub in Essex, which holds 60 people, a stunning summerhouse and a giant teapot are among the front runners to win Shed of the Year 2014.

Almost 2,000 amateur 'sheddies' entered their creations into this year's competition, from the weird and wacky to the downright majestic. More than 20,000 members of the public then voted for their favourites in eight separate categories, with each winner going through to the grand final.

Patrick Lynch from Billericay in Essex, took two years to build 'Charlie Browns', with the shed able to hold 60 people, a pool table, two slot machines and a 50's juke box. It also comes with optics and pumps, cabinet fridge, cocktail barrel and a sound system.

Patrick Lynch with his transformed garden shed in Essex Credit: SWNS

Patrick faces competition from a replica of the tea pot, built by Ian Hunter, 59, from Melrose in Scotland. It's constructed entirely from reclaimed materials.

The bottom half of the shed is used for drying timber, while the upper level is accessed through steps in the teapot handle. The lid of the teapot also opens and shut using an old hand drill.

Ian Hunter with his teapot shed Credit: SWNS

Darren Stride, from Great Yarmouth, has entered his Blitz Street Museum which transports visitors back to the 1940s. It has a life size display made up of five different sheds, all depicting scenes from WWII.

Darren Stride and the Blitz Street Museum Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS Credit: Darren Stride in another of his sheds

Fife resident Peter McLaren has built the 'Pool Hoose' entirely from recycled materials such as telegraph poles, scaffolding battens, roofing tin and glass.

While it serves as a studio, it is named so because it links the view between two pools, and is furnished for passing cyclists.

The Pool House by Peter McLaren Credit: SWNS

Here are some of the other finalists for 2014

White Lodge shed by John Leaver from Steeton Credit: SWNS
The Retro arcade shed Credit: SWNS
Richard Pim, from Pembridge, a finalist in the eco category Credit: SWNS
Vintage Motor Works Shed Credit: SWNS

Each shed will now be judged by Channel 4 presenter George Clarke, Shed of the Year founder Uncle Wilco, last year's winner Alex Holland, craftsman William Hardie, architect Laura Clark and industrial designer Max McMurdo.