Photographer's Note

Around the small town of Chagford we saw some buildings with thatched roofs.
This is one at the corner of the square opposite the Pepper Pot, market house, that I shared with you last week.

"Thatch is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation such as straw, water reed, sedge, rushes, heather or palm branches, layering the vegetation so as to shed water away from the inner roof.

Since the bulk of the vegetation stays dry and is densely packed - trapping air - thatching also functions as insulation."

The life span of a thatched roof is between 25 and 40 years, although some roofs are much older.
There are over 60,000 thatched properties in Britain, and roughly 75% of these are listed.

Two more examples in the W/S.
Thanks for looking.

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