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Thatching, Thatch and Thatchers

There are over 24000 listed buildings that are thatched in England. From perhaps being the most common form of roofing in the medieval, it now only makes up only 6% of the roofing of all historic buildings and was being replaced by other roofing materials from the 12th century. It is however one of the most iconic symbols of historic buildings in England. There is an ongoing debate the use of water reed, combed wheat reed and long straw. Long straw was the most common form of thatching historically, but the use of combed wheat reed and in particular water reed have expanded outside their historic geographical areas.

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Companies supplying goods or services for Thatching, Thatch and Thatchers
Cotswold and Chiltern Master Thatchers
20 Teal Close, West Hunsbury, Northampton NN4 9XF
Tel 0800 389 6196 Mobile 07860 292801
Cotswold and Chiltern Master Thatchers was formed in 2001 by Barry Biggs a Master Thatcher accredited since 1987. Our main work area is Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, and London North of the Thames. We carry out new build thatching, re-thatching and re-ridging in Combed Wheat Reed or Water Reed. Whenever possible we use Norfolk Water Reed obtained direct from the growers in Norfolk but with limited supplies we will also use good quality imported reed. As members of the National Society of Master Thatchers, all our completed thatching work is issued a five year written guarantee.
Edwin Lundy
La Strada, 50 Weaste Lane, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 3JR
Tel 01925 212 917 Fax 01925 212 917
I have been thatching since 1989. I can offer a full re-thatch, a new ridge, repair and maintenance, removal of moss, surveys, new build and garden structures. I am a Master Thatcher and Accredited Heritage Skills Thatcher. I am a Member of the National Society of Master Thatchers. I have worked for the National Trust and the Capesthorne Estate. I provide fire safety and protection advice; also for U-Values and building regulations. I am based in Cheshire but have worked in all parts of the UK, Ireland and Europe. Ring for advice.
Eyres Master Thatchers
The Bothy Office, Sedgehill, Shaftesbury,Dorset SP79JN
Tel 01747 832386
Thatcher: Award winning Independent Master Thatchers undertaking all types and scale of Thatching work, providing impartial & qualified expert opinion. Specialising in Professional Services and acting as an expert in dispute resolution and litigation.
Richard Chamberlain
41 Genoa Court, Roman Way, Andover, Hampshire SP10 5JB
Tel 01264 339 069
Master Thatchers North Ltd, Telephone 0161 941 1986 Website:
Wessex Thatchers, 2 Trotts Lane, Eling, Totton, Hampshire, SO40 4UE Telephone 023 8066 7637 Website: