Before slated and tile roofs became common most of the houses were thatched. Many thatchers were needed because thatching was a craft in itself. The following was how it was done. A load of oaten or wheaten straw was obtained and a large log placed on top of it. Then it was pulled and all the dirt and short pieces of straw were shaken out of it. It was then tied in bundles and wetted. The straw was then ready for thatching.
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