Thatching demonstration will be something to watch at Sulgrave

Sulgrave Watch Day NNL-151117-112503001
Sulgrave Watch Day NNL-151117-112503001

The ancient craft of thatching comes into focus next week when Sulgrave Manor holds a ‘Watch Day’.

Master thatcher Neil Painting will be demonstrating and explaining the techniques employed in creating a beautiful, unique cottage roof with reeds.

The event takes placenext Friday, November 27 at Sulgrave where he is busy re-thatching two cottages, owned by the manor, which have fallen into disrepair.

Sulgrave Manor spokesman Julie Wood said: “As part of the agreement with World Monuments Fund which is raising money on our behalf, we organise a ‘Watch Day’.

“The money was raised through World Monument Fund through the main donor, American Express, whose donation was matched by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America who have supported the manor since it was purchased for its current purpose in 1914.”

“It’s a great opportunity to see a thatching demonstration and to see Sulgrave Manor house and gardens which are now closed to the public until April.”

The Watch Day programme starts with a 10am garden tour, 11am thatching demonstration, a house tour at noon, another thatching demonstration at 1pm, a 2pm garden tour and 3pm house tour. Entrance is free and there is no need to pre-book.

Sulgrave Manor is the ancestral home of the family of George Washington, the First President of the United States of America, built by Lawrence Washington - George Washington’s five times great grandfather - in the mid-1500s.

With public donations from both sides of the Atlantic, Sulgrave Manor was restored and opened to the public in 1921 when it was presented to the people of Britain and the USA as a memorial of their common inheritance.