Rediscover British Craftmanship
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Welcome to Rumpelstiltskin Thatching Company
In 2005, Master Craftsmen Matt Williams and David Bragg established Rumpelstiltskin Thatching Company with a commitment to preserving regional styles of thatching, and as such the majority of their work consists of reintroducing long straw thatching to Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.
Their restoration of the long straw thatch on this former cattle shed on the outskirts of Oxford has established them as the county’s leading force in traditional long straw thatching. They carried out extensive research to establish overall design and to ensure accuracy of details from methods of fixing to the material used for the thatch.
Other restorations of regional thatching methods carried out by Rumpelstiltskin Thatching Company include, a farm house in Carmarthenshire, thatched with locally grown ancient straw varieties, an architect designed 1920’s cottage thatched with water reed cut and prepared in Norfolk, and a Northamptonshire long straw thatch, with gables set using traditional clay.
With their specialist conservation skills and understanding of traditional thatching methods, Rumpelstiltskin Thatching Company has started to produce their own high quality materials locally to create beautiful and truly sustainable roofs. They are determined to make sure that these rediscovered skills are not lost, so are constantly investing in the development of these ventures and training the next generation of thatchers.
Rumpelstiltskin Thatching Company has undertaken projects for varied clients including preservation trusts, rural museums, local authorities, and educational institutions, as well as many private clients.
The services they offer range from managing the restoration of the thatch for country estates, supplying training programs for Fire and Rescue services through to the smallest of repairs.