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Thatched roof on Ticknall cottage finally finished

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

Thatched cottage has now been finished on Main St in Tatenhill

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AFTER months of hard work the roof of a beautiful thatched cottage has been completed.

The pretty cottage lies in Main Street in the quintessentially English village of Tatenhill.

SJ Eccles and Son, a Melbourne-based business, carried out the work to restore the home to its former glory after the covering had become a little worse for wear.

Stuart Eccles, who runs the business and has been a thatcher for 33 years, told the Mail: "We mostly work down south, because there isn't much demand around here. Every county you get to further down south, there are more.

"It's quite expensive and that can put people off."

Bundles of straw are used to create the roof, which are laid next to each other on the roof and then trimmed and tidied.

The roof is around 13 inches thick, made from bundles of straw laid next to each other, which are then tidied and trimmed.

Mr Eccles claimed that although thatched roofs were often perceived as a fire risk, that was actually more of a myth.

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