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Master Thatchers

There are two national thatching association bodies in the United Kingdom, The National Council and National Society of Master 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 Master 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.
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.