I am ideally situated for thatching in both Norfolk and Suffolk being based in the Waveney Valley. I have always lived in this area and hope to be here for a long time yet to come, so the thought of leaving my mark, in the form of beautiful, durable thatched roofs, makes me a very happy man.
My thatching career began in 2002, and I spent several years training under the tutelage of a Master Thatcher. With many different skills to grasp, the process is long, but ultimately worthwhile. Most of my work is in South Norfolk and North Suffolk, but I have ventured as far as Northumberland and the Hebrides to thatch roofs!
I have carried out extensive work for Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, and Waveney District Council, and I am proud to be the Thatcher of choice for them.
Have a look at my gallery for some examples of my work. It is a job that I truly love, and in which I take a huge amount of pride – I am fortunate indeed to make my living in such a way.
Reed & Straw Thatch
I work with these two main types of thatch.
Two types of material are used in East Anglia – reed and long straw. Both are excellent when applied correctly, but each is most suitable for certain applications.
Reed was traditionally confined to the Broadland region and certain areas of the coast but has spread across the nation in the last hundred years. With its clean, sharp-edged appearance it looks fantastic on both traditional and contemporary roofs, such as barn conversions.
When correctly applied, it offers unparalleled longevity – I have worked on roofs 90 years old, although a life span of 50 to 70 years is more usual.
Long straw used to be the primary material across England, but with the advent of the combine harvester leading to less suitable straw, the loss of a rural skill base and cheaper transport for reed and slates, the last one hundred years has seen a sharp decline in the use of this misunderstood material. With a beautifully rounded, organic appearance, no material makes a house blend into the countryside as long straw does. It looks snug, and it is, offering amazing insulation which goes beyond the requirements of today’s building regulations.
Properly applied, it has a life span of 35 to 50 years. Thankfully, long straw is enjoying a resurgence as once again people discover the joy and beauty of this unique material.