Long Straw Thatching

Long straw thatching is a style of straw thatching which gives a shaggy surface appearance and is very common in the Midlands and East Anglia.

It requires more preparation on the ground where the Thatcher has first to make the straw into bundles called yealms.  Unlike water reed thatching or combed wheat straw thatching where the ends of the thatch are dressed or knocked into place the long Straw is placed on the roof and any long ends are removed by hand and the surface is combed with a rake.

These photographs show first the straw on the ground lying in a jumbled up bed.  The second photograph shows some straw which we have pulled out ready to be made into a yealm and the third the finished straw on the roof after it has been raked down and before the wire netting is fitted.