The Thatched House Lodge – Richmond Park London

The building we are thatching is small 18th-century two-room thatched summer house from which the main house takes its name, the Thatched House Lodge.

The Thatched House Lodge is a Grade II-listed building in Richmond Park in the London Borough of Richmond, Since 1963 it has also been a royal residence, being leased from the Crown Estate by Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (born Princess Alexandra of Kent and, until his death in 2004, her husband Sir Angus Ogilvy. The main house has six reception rooms and six bedrooms, and it stands in four acres of grounds.

the-thatched-gazeboThe residence was originally built as two houses in 1673 for two Richmond Park Keepers, as Aldridge Lodge. It was enlarged, possibly by William Kent, in 1727 as a home for Sir Robert Walpole. The two houses were joined in 1771 by Sir John Soane and renamed Thatched House Lodge. It had also been known as Burkitt’s Lodge.

The house was used as a grace and favour residence by various members of the Royal Household including General Sir Edward Bowater, and General Lynedoch Gardiner, respectively equerry to the Albert, Prince Consort and to Queen Victoria. Sir Frederick Treves retired to the house after he successfully operated on King Edward VII’s appendix in 1902. Edward VII awarded use of the house to Sir Edmund Monson on his retirement from Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in 1905. Thatched House Lodge ceased to be a grace and favour property in 1927.

richmond-park-thatched-lodge-pcardThatched House Lodge was the home of Wing Commander Sir Louis Greig (equerry to King George VI when he was Duke of York), who was deputy Ranger of Richmond Park from 1932. It was then acquired by the 5th Duke of Sutherland. U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was allotted a suite there during the Second World War.

Quite a place and we feel very privileged to have been tasked & trusted to work on such an historic property.

Check some British Pathé News reel with the building in the back ground.





Thatch roof’s… where to start.

img_20150126_1543021851A thatch roof you would imagine seem’s to be very complicated and difficult to build.

In fact building a thatch roof is the exact opposite and that’s why they have been used for many many centuries in both warm & environments, when skills & materials were much simpler.

Here you can see that beneath the thatch layers is a fireproof membrane and then batons that the thatch is applied built upon in layers.

The thatch bundles are applied in several layers until the required thickness is achieved. These layers are pinned using spars made from hazel, these spars are made by hand. Once the layers are built up the thatch can be carved and shaped around features such as windows & arch ways.

The White Lodge Pub in Attleborough, Norfolk

white-lodge-origIt’s been a busy year so far and one of the properties we are extremely pleased with is the White Lodge pub in Attleborough.

This Grade II listed pub has been in need of complete re thatching for a few years now and as I’m sure you can agree the replacement thatch has breathed a new lease of life in this 15th century pub.

The White Lodge building dates from the 15th century. Listed as at Hargham in S&P document covering the years November 1837 to November 1851.

The property was described as a Freehouse first supplied in 1837/1838.

Elizabeth Precious married Charles Riches in 1839, Riches was given as a Farmer at Hargham in 1841 and as a farmer at West Carr in 1851. In 1854 he was given a beerhouse, most likely to have beenb the White Lodge Pub.



Whether it’s rain or shine we carry on… but snow!!! SNOW… In May… what the…

It’s not all sunshine & glamour on these roofs, in the winter it’s cold wet & damp. In the spring it’s also cold wet & damp and apparantly snowy now. This is May and one day it’s beautiful and we are enjoying the joys of spring with plants and animals awaking from their winter slumber and then just when you think summer is upon us it goes and bloody SNOWS.

03-05-16 snow-in-srping

Running Repairs


Latest job see’s the guys working on a thatch they replaced 17 years ago. Harsh weather has caused damage to the ridge which the guys are just completing and then it’s on to the next job and enjoy the sunshine.

Barn Conversion




Not a lot of time to post today but just check out this beautiful 90ft barn conversion the guys are just finishing off. Another amazing transformation of a quintessential old english style conversion.