Sustainable Materials and Eco Living.....
During the Middle Ages people were no longer nomadic and settled into communities. They worked their land and grew crops and all types of cereals. The stalks became the obvious choice for the roofing material on their permanent housing. Wheat straw was the standard inexpensive material for covering roofs and continued to be used for centuries.
In the 18th Century, Welsh and Northern English slate became available and replaced thatch. And when the steam locomotive was invented, roof tiles could be transported cheaply and efficiently throughout the British Isles. Along with the American invention of the combine harvester, which rendered the wheat stalks unusable for thatching, this wonderful roofing material became redundant.
Turn the clock forward to present day, and with the ever increasing interest in eco friendly products and building sustainability, there has been a resurgence in the education, preservation, restoration and installation of thatched roofs. Farmers and growers have a niche market in supplying thatching straw and combed wheat reed, cut the old fashioned way, with a reaper!
I grew up loving the thatched homes in Britain and in particular, a little village called Merthyr Mawr, close to my family’s home in the Vale of Glamorgan. (Photo) It is one of the prettiest places in Wales with brightly painted and thatched heritage cottages. Most certainly deserving of the saying “Chocolate Box” village!
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