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And was wondering what it is...
That's an Araneus diadematus, more commonly known as the Garden or Cross Spider. Widespread and commonly found on its orb web woven between vegetation or other convenient structures. Their colour is quite variable as the photos here will show:
http://srs.britishspiders.org.uk/portal.php/p/Summary/s/Araneus+diadematus but you can usually discern a cross marking near the front of the abdomen, formed by the white markings.
Good video link from here about their web constructing ability:
Thanks Chris. Was just about to move house to escape the deadliness lol