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The Hall at the Saxon Village West Stow


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The hall is thatched. Several layers of rye straw, known as a weathering coat are fixed to a layer of heather underneath using twisted rye rope and hazel spars as pins. The layers of rye straw are then tapped into place using a leggett to provide a slope and secured with the twisted rye rope and hazel spars. The ends of straw act like many little tiles and help the rain run off.

17th Aug 2006 by Diane Earl


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