Cox and Roberts

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Master Thatchers Quality Materials and Craftsmanship

The Thatching Materials We Use




There are three major thatching materials; their application is usually to maintain local character and history.

Most thatched properties are listed and must be thatched with the same material as previously used.


Long Straw


Long straw is wheat straw grown using older varieties specifically for the thatching industry.

It is drum threshed when harvested and has a more poured appearance on the roof with ornamental hazel

spar work around the eaves to hold them secure.


Wheat Reed


Wheat read derives from the same grain strains as used for long straw but it differs in the harvesting

stage so that the finished bundle stands 4-5 foot tall and has heads at the top, butts at the bottom.

It gives a smooth and curved finish.


Water Reed


This is coarser material which is grown in fen or marshland and stands much taller than straw.

At 5-6 foot, it gives a sharp angular appearance when laid.


All of the materials we use are of high quality and are inspected by ourselves prior to delivery.

We will gladly advise about appropriate choice of materials to suit your specific requirements.