The courses will be taken by Charles Chalcraft.

I came from a farming background in Mid Devon and became a full time thatcher in 1986. My work was of a sufficient standard that after some rigorous inspections, I was accepted into the Devon & Cornwall Master Thatchers Association. For a short while I was the representative on the National Council of Master Thatchers. I am an Associate Member of the Devon & Cornwall Master Thatchers Association and a Member of the Residential Property Surveyors Association.

I have worked on many Thatched properties in Mid Devon and with Anna, my wife, we have "hands on" project managed major house restorations dated 1250, 1550, 1800, 1840, 1922 and 1975.

These include the following constructions:- cob, stone rubble, brick, cavity brick with ash block internal leaf, and cavity concrete block with thermalite block internal leaf. Roof construction included:- thatch, asbestos sheets, Turnerised slate, slate - natural, asbestos and cement fibre, & concrete tile.

(RPSA) Residential Property Surveyors Association.

I trained as a Home Inspector in 2006. With both my thatching and restoration knowledge and a passion for old buildings I combine Thatch Consultancy with Building Surveying.

I am a member of the RPSA and accredited by SAVA.

Charles Chalcraft re ridging the Lychgate in Throwleigh, Devon.


I prepared and presented a paper "U values and Thatch" at the annual conference of National Society of Master Thatchers.

Working through the implications of Building Regulation changes - Parts L1A and L1B with both new build and re thatching with the National Society of Master Thatchers.

Working with BRE (Buildings Research Establishment) to sort out a workable methodology for applying RdSAP for the preparation of EPC's for properties with thatched roofs.

Training Courses

We have been running Practical Thatching Weekend Courses since 1994. The Understanding Thatched Roof courses since 1995.

Presenting the Understanding Thatched Roof courses for CABE and as a RICS Trainer for RICS in a number of locations in UK.



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