Thatch Thursday | November 2015

Thatch and Bonfire Night

” Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot. I see no reason why Gunpowder treason should ever be forgot”

Be aware of the fire risk to thatch – organised displays are the best solution in celebrating today.

Remember to check any bonfires for hedgehogs too!



Thatch Design – Velux Windows

A velux window lies flush with the thatched roof.

They are used to add light and air e.g into an attic space or loft, especially when conversions are done.

See more on Windows here.

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Listed Thatch

A building is listed when it is of a special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance, and therefore worth protecting. They have extra legal protection in the planning system.

There is a National Heritage List for England.

Buildings can be Grade I, Grade II, or Grade II*. But 92% of all listings are Grade II.

See more about listings here.



Bundles and Bales

A bundle of Reed, or Water Reed, is usually prepared so that it is tied into a bunch of about a 60cm circumference.

The cut end is known as the butt.

Bundles are then strapped together in bales often 500 – 100. The bundles are arranges within the bale so that the butt ends are either side with the tapered tops towards the middle.

They are then secures by straps for ease of movement and storage.

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