First, the old thatch was completely removed and burnt. As many as eight different layers of thatch were revealed. The last layer of thatch – and the oldest – contained not only straw but wild plants and field weeds, just as they looked when they were first cut down and put on the roof many, many years ago.
Next, the new thatch was laid on, row upon row, row upon row, until it reached over the top of the rafters in a ‘fringe’. Finally, the thatch had its ‘haircut’ and the ridge was pegged on with wooden stays. The new thatch glows a golden oat colour. Over time, it will weather and turn a soft grey.
Finally the thatchers made a “signature” which they fitted to the finished thatched roof. If you have visited Old Thatch Gardens you might know what that signature is!