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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.



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

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 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