Days Gone By: The changing social status of Suffolk’s thatched buildings through the years
Thatching has been practiced for hundreds of years, and still protects many Suffolk churches, homes and barns from the elements.
As railways expanded in the Victorian period, slate from Wales became more available and thatching started to decline.
Thatched roofs became a sign of poverty, although this is no longer so.
Now for many the image of country life is summed up in the “chocolate box” image of a thatched cottage with roses growing round the front door.
In this week’s Days Gone By I feature photographs from the archive of Suffolk thatched properties, captured on film by Ipswich based photographers, the Titshall Brothers, taken around 1930, when life for rural folk was harsh.
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Also included are photographs of thatchers at work in the 50s, 60s and 80s.
Can you tell us more about the photographs featured? To submit a letter, in less than 300 words, write to David Kindred, Days Gone By, Ipswich Star/EADT, Portman House, 120 Princes Street, Ipswich, IP1 1RS or send an e-mail.
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