Thursday 29 August 2019


Aah a lovely thatched cottage....doesn't that just make you think romantically of chocolate box villages. Even better if it's got a "something" on this case a squirrel on the Isle of Wight.

Historically this type of roofing posed a great fire risk, especially in areas of high population density and it was banned completely in London in 1212 for this very reason. There is however, a rather famous building with a thatched roof.

When The Globe was rebuilt it took them eight years to get permission to build it with this roof and even then it was only on the proviso that they had a water sprinkling system fitted within it. Probably sensible, as our tour guide told us that the original one burnt down after a rather over enthusiastic prop man let off a canon during a performance of "The Merry Wives of Windsor"....the roof caught alight and the rest is history as they say!



  1. What a beautiful cottage.I would love to have that as a holiday home and that squirrel on the top is the icing on the cake!..My friend has got a lovely dog called Thatch!xx

    1. It's near the church in Godshill on the Isle of Wight....a little oasis up the hill and away from the main area where the tourists visit. Arilx


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