Thatching – the art and craft

This month’s talk is tonight: Tuesday 20th November at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall, King Street. We look forward to hearing Graham Carter, master thatcher from Yaxley, Cambridgeshire,  speak about his craft and a lifetime’s experience of thatching all over the country. 

West Deeping has only two thatched cottages – one in King Street and one in The Lane, but it seems likely that in earlier years there were many more.

A search through the archives produced only a couple of references and a few photographs: in 1781 the accounts of the Overseer of the Poor recorded the sum of 12 shillings and 10 pence paid out for seven days work to  thatch the “Poor cottages” (now 54 – 56 King Street) and in 1864 the Rectory had a thatched stable with adjoining coach house.  Most of the old photographs of the village show tiled or slated rooves, but there are a few survivors

1971 Thatchers bill COPYA more recent archive, less than 50 years old, but nonetheless interesting, is dated 1971. The bill for thatching the cottage in King Street was £204.50 – (just over £2,800 by current values using the National Archives currency converter) .

Graham Carter is sure to be able to tell us about many interesting projects he has undertaken. Come along tonight – maybe you will find out what a ‘yealm’ is and how many go to make a bundle or what the difference is between a ‘leggett’ and an eave dresser!

All are welcome! Refreshments are served from 7 pm, included in the entry price of £2.50.

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