Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Queen Charlotte's Cottage, in Kew Gardens,  was built for George III's wife in the 1770's as a sort of garden retreat.

The roof is thatched in Norfolk Reed (water reed from Norfolk which was specified because that was the original material) with a sedge, patterned ridge.  We were asked to re-ridge the roof and as it is a historic building, the ridge detail was to be unchanged in style.  In addition, we were asked to rethatch a small, adjacent building used as a ticket office for entry to the inside of the Cottage.  The main cottage is fitted with a sprinkler system and the sprinklers poke through the thatch in  numerous places.

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