Steven Hewlett & Brothers Master Thatchers

Our family of Grand Master Thatchers have been constructing and tending the thatched roofs of south west England for three generations. We provide  thatching services in  Salisbury, Winchester, Andover, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Somerset and surrounding areas.

Call Steve today on 

01980 611880 or 07790 020917

Member of the National Society of Master Thatchers

Thatched Roof Maintenance Wiltshire, Dorset & Hampshire

We cover all of Hampshire, Wiltshire & Dorset.

Call Steve today on

01980 611880 or 07790 020917

Member of the National Society of Master Thatchers

Thatched Roof Repairs Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset

Fully guaranteed services from experience craftsman. Three generations of master thatchers.

Call Steve today on

01980 611880 or 07790 020917

Member of the National Society of Master Thatchers

Experienced Master Thatchers in Salisbury Wiltshire

Based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, we provide thatching services across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and Dorset, and have a reputation for excellence and high quality workmanship. We practice our traditional craft with pride and passion. We’re local authority approved and have regularly feature among the top slots in the annual “Best Thatched House Competition”.

Thatching services Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset

We undertake all sorts of projects, from building new thatched roofs, re-thatching, thatch restoration, re-ridging and thatching repairs. We work with traditional materials – long straw, combed wheat straw, water reed or Norfolk Reed – from sustainable sources, which guarantees a durable, weatherproof roof for decades to come.

General Building Services Wiltshire, Hampshire & Dorset. 

While experts at keeping a sound thatched roof over our client’s heads, we’re also pleased to be able to offer a general building service, which includes professional chimney repairs, chimney lining, lead work, pointing and building restoration work. Our combined skills make it quick and convenient to have all your building restoration requirements handled by a single dedicated team.

We are specialists in traditional & historical thatched roof restorations

We provide thatching services and thatched roof repairs across the South West of England including thatching in Dorset, thatching in Hampshire, thatching in the New Forest, thatching in Somerset & thatching in Wiltshire.

Call Steve today on 01980 611 880 or 07790 020 917


Richard Jefferies Museum

The challenge ….

An original 17th Century thatched cottage in Coate, Swindon enjoys a busy life as part of a museum set up to commemorate Victorian nature writer, Richard Jefferies, who was born there in 1848.

The quintessential chocolate-box country cottage has had its thatched roof repaired and renewed numerous times over the centuries, but recently the Richard Jefferies Museum Trust realised the thatch on the roof of the listed building was once again in a sorry state, and in dire need of attention.

The specialised job was put out to tender by Swindon Borough Council, who – on the recommendation of the National Society of Master Thatchers – invited Steven Hewlett Thatchers Limited to apply. Steve and his long-established firm of traditional Wiltshire master thatchers was the obvious successful candidate, and before long he was hard at work restoring the cottage roof.


The solution ….

This time-lapse video shows the re-thatching process, from removing the tired, degraded and soiled thatch and repairing the underlying timbers, to re-thatching “like for like” with straw and hazel spar work. In real time the work took around two months.

The roof ridge was finished in traditional Wiltshire flush style, because, as Steve explains, “we like to keep things in character, particularly on a listed building”. A special touch, in honour of Richard Jefferies himself, was the addition of a thatched finial figure of a pheasant on the roof, dubbed “Dickie”.

The beautifully restored roof of the Jefferies cottage also features another traditional thatch feature – the catslide. This is a section of roof extended down to cover a side wing, sweeping down from the ridge almost to the ground.

No doubt Richard Jefferies, a great conservationist, would be delighted with the result!

Thatched roof maintenance

The lifespan of a professionally thatched can be up 40 years plus. Environmentally friendly and versatile, thatch is valued too for its aesthetic charm. To optimise the longevity and look of your thatched roof we offer a maintenance service which includes cleaning and controlling the spread of algae and moss.

Quality thatched roof repairs

Whenever your thatched roof requires tending, whether it be a major repair, the installation of wire-netting to deter vermin, or even updating its fire protection, give us a call. We’ll conduct a full survey of the condition of your thatched roof and give you a full estimate for the work required.

Steven Hewlett Thatchers Limited offer quality thatched roof maintenance and repairs across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Dorset. Contact our experienced roof thatchers in Salisbury today.