The thatch has been removed, save for the East Wing, where it has been
decided to retain all but the lower four feet, as it is in still in good
condition and as a memento of John Scholey's work. This area will need
a fireproof master boarding on the underside. Some of the other reed has
also been retained in bundles to be used towards the base coat over the
rest of the roof. It will of course all be covered with a final coat of
The Reed plaster view panels will be retained: there may be another panel
to view the thatch.
Keith Quantrill (thatcher) also advises that the roof ridge tiles should
be fixed with copper wire for extra security.
The roof timbers and wall plates are all cleared of debris and exposed
ready for inspection by Andy Allen, ELDC Planning Officer, and Jonathan
Clark, the Archaeologist, who were both present for a site examination
later that day.
The cross wing has a different eave level to the side wings, and this
has led to severe decay of the wall plates, which are completely decomposed
The front wall of the cross wing has moved to the extent that the attic
floor joists no longer reach the wall plate, are supported only by a narrow
2x2 lathe which fixes the ceiling.
The fire insurance plaque has been noted and will stay in position, as
it is not advisable to attempt to remove it as it is cast iron and may
As part of the new work new roof trusses will be made to carry the new
roof and to leave as much of the old roof in situ as possible. New hand
made bricks and the agreed mortars are being sourced for the rebuild of
the gable ends and for other repairs.