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Long straw ... old varieties, names like Maris widgeon, Maris huntsman ,Little joss, Aquila and Squarehead ...wheat varieties that produce tall, strong-stemmed straw ideal for thatching.. Harvested in the same manner as combed wheat and run through a treshing mill to remove the grain. Although through out the midlands oat n straw has been more common and widely used for thatching in the past.
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Water reed.. regarded as the most durable of all the thatching materials can last in excess of twenty five years with a small amount of maintenance .Harvested on reed beds beside rivers or lakes in late winter. It is easily recognised by its feathery head , growing on a single stem and having broad spearlike leaves.
Combed wheat..sometimes referred to as wheat reed but is infact straw. Harvested with a reaper and binder, stooked in the field ,then stacked and finally run throurgh a comber to remove the grain . Can easily be mistaken for water reed at a distance when viewed on a roof.
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