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My thatching career started while I was still at school.  After reading an article about thatching in the newspaper I thought, “that’s the job for me!”.    I looked up local thatchers in the yellow pages and promptly sent e-mails and letters to all of them.  Only one chap got back in touch and asked if I could help him out on Saturdays.

When I finished school the thatcher offered me a job which I leaped at.  This was the start of a traditional seven year apprenticeship, followed by a two year journeyman period where I travelled around the country working for other thatchers learning different styles and techniques.  This period of time was a real eye opener and taught me a great deal about my craft.  Following this I gained full membership to the National Society of Master Thatchers, something I am still very proud of today.

When I’m not up a ladder at work I am a keen beekeeper, (please do ask me for a jar of honey if you see me) as well as a terrible chess player and an amateur, but enthusiastic trumpet player.  I also run when I can and generally try to cram any spare time I get with as much adventure as I can muster.

If there is anything else you would like to know about me, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.



Richard was professional, friendly and clearly had a deep love of his craft. His price was good and his quote was fixed. His work is as good as the most exclusive thatchers in the area – those with the highest price and a year plus waiting list – but for a much better price.

Michael and Joy Thorpe

We are delighted with the work Richard did for us; the quality of the workmanship and attention to every detail was excellent. Richard was also a pleasure to have around because he was so friendly and cheerful. We would highly recommend him.

Christine and Graham Gutsell

We were impressed by the care , professionalism and attention to detail Richard showed when working on our thatch. The end result exceeded our expectations and looks fantastic.

Anne Vidler