There are not many thatched houses in this district. They are getting less numerous every year. People building a new house put slates on it. Some people with thatched houses put galvanized iron on them because it is too hard to keep them thatched.A coat of thatch would last for about five years. If it was a thick coat it might hold a few years longer. Snow, frost, + birds, affect thatch & then it may not hold so long. Wheat straw is used for thatch in this district. They cannot thresh it with a machine. A machine would break the straw & it would be no good for thatch. The [sic] switch it with flails or beat it off some barrell [sic]. Then they put the straw into bundles. It is very dear to buy it. It is about £8 or £10 a ton. Scollops are made of light branches of a sally tree. They are cut short & pointed. Some people grow them themselves & more people buy them at 6/ a thousand. They are grown in a twig yard. A twig yard must be a very wet place. The big stem of the sally must be cut very near the ground. Then the stem will grow light limbs & these will make scollops.