Over 400 hundred years ago, Rackham the Reed Thatcher started a family tradition that has so far spanned 14 generations, becoming one of the oldest family of reed thatchers in East Anglia. With thatching skills and knowledge passed down from father to son, the Rackhams work can be seen throughout Suffolk villages on thatched houses, barns, shelters, boat houses and churches. David was taught to thatch by his father 28 years ago and he continues to thatch to the highest Rackham standards, doing the job that he loves in the heart of the Suffolk countryside.
David uses Norfolk Reed, also know as Water Reed, on the main roof and wheat straw for the Ridge. Norfolk reed has been used on thatched roofs for centuries as it is hard wearing and durable. His Reed is cut locally from the Reed beds of Dunwich and Walberswick.
David offers the following services:
Ridge & roof repairs
Reinstatement and conversion to thatch