"Good informative course and well organised. Gave me a greater understanding of thatched roofs". DH Building Inspector.

"Really worth coming from Dorset" (to West Sussex) RW. Building Engineer

"The course will help with Building Surveys" JE Building Surveyor

"This is the best CPD course that I have ever been on" JP Building Surveyor & Home Inspector

"This course is definately up to the standard that I expect from the Association of Building Engineers" HC Home Inspector

"Excellent environment, very friendly atmosphere, simple and straightforward presentation with a wonderful opportunity to visit real, local examples of thatching problems". CA Surveyor and Home Inspector

"The course was very good especially as we had a walk around the town looking at the thatch". PB Domestic Energy Assessor

"I was very interested in doing the course and am happy to say that it has filled all my expectations". WB Domestic Energy Assessor

"Just the right amount of information, general content was very good and I found it to be very interesting". PC Conservation Officer

"The best CPD course I have been on"

Residential Property Surveyor


Understanding Thatch Courses; 2019 in Devon

For Courses in Devon read on.  

Current Courses:

Part 1 Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Part 2 Wednesday 30th October 2019
9.00am to 5.00pm - 9.30am start.

Where: Church House, South Tawton, Okehampton.

Part 1 at the Church House all day.

Part 2 at the Church House until 1.30pm, then we will be surveying some local thatched properties.

Who have attended; Building Inspectors, Home Inspectors, Conservation Officers, Building Surveyors, DEA's, Architects, Estate Agents, Loss Adjusters and Home Owners. A prior knowledge of old buildings will be necessary.

Outline; These Powerpoint based courses are ideally suited to those people who need to have a greater understanding of thatch and how a thatched roof works. We do touch on Building Regulations Part B and Part L.

RING: 01647 231 706

There will be a model of a thatched roof, examples of different fixings and materials


Introduction to Thatch for Estate Agents, Building Surveyors, Residential Property Surveyors, DEAs, GDAs and Home Owners

This will cover some history of thatch, the materials used, regional styles, the different methods of thatching; Combed Wheat Reed, Long Straw and Water reed, ridging techniques, some roof construction, tools and fixings, how to recognise the different materials, fire precautions, factors affecting the life of thatch and its maintenance.  Specific details on best practices employed in and around thatched roofs will be included. We will discuss energy ratings for thatch. 9.30 - 12.15.

Cost:  £65 p/person for Introduction to Thatch including tea, coffee,  a light lunch and course notes. 

CPD - 3 hours


Guided Walk around South Tawton looking at thatched roofs. 12.30 - 1.15 approx

This is a great opportunity to see and assess the external condition of some of the thatched houses and cottages in South Tawton. This is especially useful.

The Church House is a fine example of medieval architecture dated 1490 and has smoke blackened thatch.

Cost:- FREE to attendees.

CPD - 1 Hour


Defects in Thatched Roofs and How to Condition rate a Thatched Roof for a RICS Building Survey, Home Condition Survey or Full Building Survey. 2.15 - 5.00

This will cover:- External defects specific to thatched roofs that include: chimneys, roof coverings, rainwater pipes & guttering, windows in thatch & dormers. Internal defects include: roof frames and ceilings.

Time will be spent doing practical condition ratings on a selection of thatched roofs from photographs.

Cost:- For the whole day £170 including tea, coffee, a light lunch and a very comprehensive set of course notes.

CPD for the whole day - 7 hours



Introduction to Thatch- You will have a basic understanding of how a thatched roof works, how thatch is attached, be able to identify the different types of thatching and materials used, be able to recognise fire barriers and the energy performance of thatch.

Defects in thatch - You will have a reasonable understanding of the common defects found in thatched roofs and will be able to condition rate most thatched roofs for a Building Survey or Home Condition Survey.


The courses are lead by Charles Chalcraft who is a Building Surveyor and Thatch Consultant. He is an associate member of the Devon and Cornwall Master Thatchers Association. (Formally a full time master thatcher).




Please email me an expression of interest if you would like to attend an Understanding Thatch Course in Devon.

Contact: Charles on 01647 231 706 or email