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Dodson Brothers Win Best Thatched House Award

Dodson Brothers Thatchers has won the coveted Best Thatched House Award for 2015!

The winning project was located at the property of Mr and Mrs Inglis from Clavering.

The Mill End Dairy Farm has a new thatched roof completed in a 3-month long effort and the finished result bagged Dodson Brothers their 6th award from the National Society of Master Thatchers.

From October to December last year, Dodson Brothers worked tirelessly to restore the thatched roof at the Inglis’ property with employees Iain Wallace, Michael Walton, Todd Zellars, Paul Brasnett and Ross Pammenter.

In 2011 Dodson Brothers Thatchers won first place in the Best Thatched House awards and this is now the sixth time that they have bagged the number 1 spot. Stuart Dodson, grandson of the original founder of the company, is extremely proud to have been recognised by the industry and says; “Because this award is given by thatchers to thatchers, it really shows that we are at the top of our game. Because of the size of our company, we are able to take on bigger and more complex jobs and give them the proper time and care that they deserve.”

No strangers to the limelight, Dodson Brothers Thatchers have also featured on BBC One’s Countryfile as they restored a roof with the help of presenter Matt Baker.

The company covers a wide area, including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Huntingdon, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Essex, although they have also taken enquiries from as far as field as Holland, America and even Australia!

2015 Award Photo

Best Thatched House Award

During the 1990’s The National Society for Master Thatchers (NSMT) created a biennial National Awards Competition known as ‘The Best Thatched House Award’.

The top seven thatched houses are selected from numerous photographs submitted by thatchers from all over the country. These are then inspected and scrutinised on site by three independent judges.

Dodson Bros are extremely proud to be the current winners of this award for Silver Birches at Woodhurst. We have also won first prize on five additional occasions at Fen Stanton, Chequered Skipper at Ashton Estates, Stamford on Avon and the Golf Club House at Stapleford Park.
In addition we have been placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th on several occasions.

Press

Countryfile on BBC 1

Dodson Bros Thatchers Ltd appeared on BBC1 Countryfile in 2010 where the presenter, Matt Baker tried some thatching along with Stuart Dodson.

Countrylife Magazine

“Traditional rural crafts are only being kept alive today by a core of dedicated and skilled people. Country Life talks to a dry-stone waller, thatcher, cooper, organ builder, plasterer and coppice…….”

Thursday, 24 April 2008, David Sapstead

The Field Magazine

Ripton thatchers notch another top top – Hunts Post. PDF
Obituary: master thatcher dedicated to King’s Ripton – Hunts Post. PDF
The Art of Thatching – Harts of Oak. PDF
Survival of traditional rural craftsmen – Country Life. PDF