Thursday, 1 August 2013

Thatched Roof Thursday #42...

...meets City Daily Photo Theme Day - Street Lamps.

These photos were taken just up the street from Kenilworth Castle.
The area around the Castle not only has
smart decorative street lighting but a nice
collection of thatched roof cottages.

This old thatched is described as
Late C1600 timber frame and brick with sandstone plinth.

I am pretty sure the street lamps are a recent addition.

Please join me in seeing other CDP photographs featuring
Street Lamps - City Daily Photo.


PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh well done Lauren, this Thursday Thatch and theme day match up is really fab.

cieldequimper said...

Simply delightful. All I need now is a late cream tea!

Gerald (SK14) said...

chocolate box covers - exquisite

paul said...

Thatched roofs and street lamps all in one, splendid!

Stephanie said...

nicely done!

Jack said...

This is an appropriate way of tying the street lamp theme into your own theme of thatched roofs. Good work, LOL. (Hope the missing tooth took all the pain with it.)

Petrea Burchard said...

And the birds on the roof? They look like they're thatch birds. I hope I'm right about that, they're charming.

Hilda said...

It never ceases to amaze me that so many centuries-old thatched-roof houses have survived there. The lamps fit quite nicely, and I like the flowers and leaves painted on their posts.

Lowell said...

Nice-looking residences. Is that first house leaning a bit or was that your camera? :)

How often, do you think, does thatch need a patch?

LOLfromPasa said...

Cheers all...thanks for leaving a comment.

Jack - Thank you and I am a happy camper...sore mouth but happy :).

Petrea - Yes, they are thatched birds. Probably pheasants or peacocks. Clever chaps to create them too.

Hilda - you had a closer look :).

Lowell - Possibly a bit of both. Walls on these old places aren't very straight :). How long does the roof last? Depends on the straw/reeds. Better roof materials (and location of house) the longer it will lasts. So anywhere from 15 to 50 years. Patching - I guess is only done if required. The fancy ridging has to be redone about every 10 to 15 years.

I have cut and paste this bit of info from web:
'Water reed, which is the most durable thatch, can last up to 50 years. Maintenance will include re-ridging every 10 to 15 years.

Combed wheat reed can have a life expectancy of 25 to 35 years. Long straw will last from 15 to 25 years. Both these materials will require re-ridging at 10 to 15 year intervals.

These life expectancy figures can drop noticeably the further west the thatched property is situated. This appears to be due to climatic conditions. The warm, high humidity, clean air conditions experienced in the West Country are ideal for the microbes that begin the decomposition process.'

raf said...

Great choice for theme, Lauren. Those thatched roof homes are always appealing.

TheChieftess said... fabulous!!! These are especially gorgeous!!