TL4567 : Thatched cottages, Denmark Road

taken 10 years ago, near to Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Thatched cottages, Denmark Road
Thatched cottages, Denmark Road
The listed building register entry for the nearer cottage (1991) describes this as C17, refaced and extended in C20. Timber frame encased in brick, except for end gables which are weatherboarded. Gable-ended thatched roof clad in corrugated iron sheets. Brick axial stack. Grade II. LinkExternal link

In 1999 the owners were given Listed Building consent for various modifications including thatching the roof*. LinkExternal link The Images of England photo shows this work in progress in 2001. LinkExternal link

* A sample from the long list of conditions: "The roof shall be thatched in longstraw, which has been shaken into a bed, dampened to make it pliable and pulled into yealms before being laid and securely fastened to the roofs. (Reason - To ensure the use of longstraw laid in a fashion traditional to this area and to avoid the use of dry bundles of straw dressed into place by hand or with a leggart driven against the butt ends.)"

Obviously the practice of driving a leggart against a butt end on long straw cannot be condoned!

The further cottage is listed as Olde Thatch, C17. Timber framed and roughcast rendered on brick sill, with thatched half-hipped roofs of long straw. Original ridge stack of gault brick to main range. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Thursday, 24 January, 2008   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 24 January, 2008
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Houses > Thatched cottages   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4530 6746 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:17.1645N 0:7.7256E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TL 4528 6746
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