Re-Thatching Dangers at Apethorpe Chimney

This is a good example of how not stripping enough thatch during re-thatching whist trying to maintain a good pitch will lead to a dangerous and unnecessary build up of thatch close to the top of the chimney.

This chimney in Apethorpe also has a hole at the top and other holes at the bottom which could lead to a possible catastrophic fire; a thatch fire as well as a chimney fire!

It is the case that some conservation officers like to see the old layers of thatch remain and not stripped away but common sense must prevail so that these sorts of scenarios do not develop.