Globe Thatch Refresher

Lindsey
By Lindsey Last edited 112 months ago
Globe Thatch Refresher

2828411764_79b0be002f_t.jpg The only thatched roof building in town is getting its barnet redone. Work began to remove the old thatch from the New Globe Theatre on Bankside last week and this week, fresh bundles of sedge and 10,000 hazel spars will be thatched in. Crucially, 600 litres of fire retardent agent will then be applied to prevent it going up in flames. The theatre's remaining open to visitors during the work so you can go and see this ancient trade in action or keep an eye on Thatch Watch at the Globe website.

Last Updated 27 October 2008

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Photos on the Globe's website show that parts of the roof are also being rethatched with water reed. Why is the main roof of water reed being replaced if it is only 11 years old ? I was told that water reed was supposed to last for 60 years.

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Photos on the Globe's website show that parts of the roof are also being rethatched with water reed. Why is the main roof of water reed being replaced if it is only 11 years old ? We were told that the water reed on this roof was supposed to last for 60 years.

Thatched was banned in London in the 12th century, not 1666. The Great Fire of London had nothing to do with thatch.