After some of the replies I had last week about the thatched cottages I though you might like to see how it is done. Blewbury is along the road from where I live and I used to pass though the village on my way to work. There are a few Thatched cottages along the road I went and a barn. Here is some of what you can see. the blog is a bit picture heavy as there is a lot to see.
One of the cottages
Typical chocolate box cottage with roses
One with a thatched wall
They are called Cob walls and are thatched to keep the rain off as the cob is made of mud, horse manure and straw
The new thatch is placed on the old stuff underneath which is compacted down over the years
It is a very skilled job with is dying out