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THATCH

white-washed, thatched cottage

Thatch was used to cover the roofs of houses, some farm buildings and stacks of corn. Straw from the local crops were used, but reeds are often used for this now. It acted as insulation, retaining heat in winter and keeping the house cool in summer.

A good thatch might last about 20 years with some minor repairs.

Llanon

Some thatch was held in place by twisted straw rope and this could be quite ornate.

Llanbadarn Fawr

Thatch could become the home for vermin and birds.

Thatch was a fire hazard, and was often banned in towns. The last thatches on cottages in Ceredigion were removed during the early 20th century or covered with corrugated iron sheets.

Ceredigion

The Cottages of Ceredigion are the quaintest and most picturesque in the world - the roof is a thing of joy and a work of art which throws the best of their kind known to me in England hopelessly in the shade.

Tresaith

A.G. Bradley wrote in 1903 in 'Highways and Byways of South Wales'

ROPE UNDER-THATCH AT LLANON, CEREDIGION

Near Aberaeron

HOMES

Near Felin Fach

Neaudd Llwyd, near New Quay
Llangawsai near Llanbadarn fawr