This is a mature male Lace Web spider, Amaurobius sp ., and probably Amaurobius similis.
Several species of lace web spiders are common around the outside of our homes and gardens. They make a characteristic lace-like web on fences, sheds, walls and among general clutter around the garden.
Males are prone to wander indoors when mature and looking for a mate. Bites have been reported when a spider has been trapped against the skin, but with little pain or lasting symptoms.
Has to be said that they are not known for their love of ladies faces .... perhaps he got a few ideas from recent Halloween festivities ;)
Thankyou. My wife was carrying logs from a stack,some of which had loose bark and were beginning to rot. Is this where a Lace Web spider would be found? It seems like the probable location. It feigned death when being photographed but resumed normal activity when returned to the garden. Thanks, again, for the quick response.