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Thatched Roof Collection

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Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Galway Gossips, c1887, (c1930). Creator: Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow

Galway Gossips, c1887, (c1930). Creator: Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow
Galway Gossips, c1887, (c1930). Rural scene in the west of Ireland: a woman on a horse stops to chat to a man leaning on a low wall

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: PENNSYLVANIA: BETHLEHEM. The Moravian settlement on the Lehigh River at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

PENNSYLVANIA: BETHLEHEM. The Moravian settlement on the Lehigh River at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in 1757. Contemporary painting by Nicholas Garrison

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Snow picture at Bignor Old Shop, January 1940

Snow picture at Bignor Old Shop, January 1940
Photograph by George Garland Garland Collection West Sussex Record Office Ref No: Garland N19052

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Native Hawaiian village on Kauai, 1800s

Native Hawaiian village on Kauai, 1800s
Hawaiian huts of Waimea on Kauai Island, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Gold Hill in June, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Gold Hill in June, Shaftesbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Thatched Cottage, Arkesden, Essex, England

Thatched Cottage, Arkesden, Essex, England

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Papua, New Guinea, native village

Papua, New Guinea, native village
Native village on Humboldt Bay, Papua, New Guinea, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Winkle Street, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Winkle Street, Calbourne, Isle of Wight, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Chapel Street, Watlington, c. 1920

Chapel Street, Watlington, c. 1920
A view looking north up Chapel Street in Watlington. An older lady walks with a young girl, whilst another looks on with a spinning hoop

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: The Cottage Door, 1899

The Cottage Door, 1899. A print from The Magazine of Art, Cassell and Company, Limited, 1899

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Traditional house in the mountains of Aileu, East Timor, Southeast Asia, Asia

Traditional house in the mountains of Aileu, East Timor, Southeast Asia, Asia

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: IRELAND: COVE OF CORK. View of the Cove of Cork (also known as Queenstown)

IRELAND: COVE OF CORK. View of the Cove of Cork (also known as Queenstown, or Cobh) in Cork Harbor, Ireland. Steel engraving, English, c1840, after William Henry Bartlett

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: General view showing the main street passing through the village of Ightham in Kent. 1926

General view showing the main street passing through the village of Ightham in Kent. 1926

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Traditional houses of Suganuma (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture

Traditional houses of Suganuma (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Gokayama, Toyama Prefecture, Japan

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Ireland, Gleann Cholm Chille. Replica of a thatched-roof cottage from the 1850s with

Ireland, Gleann Cholm Chille. Replica of a thatched-roof cottage from the 1850s with two old wagon wheels

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE 1871. The meeting of Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone at Ujiji

STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE 1871. The meeting of Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone at Ujiji, Lake Tanganyika, 10 November 1871. Wood engraving, American, 1872, after Godefroy Durand

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Thatched cottage and hostel, Isle of Berneray, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Thatched cottage and hostel, Isle of Berneray, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Clear sea, blue sky and over-water villas, Coco Palm Resort, Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll

Clear sea, blue sky and over-water villas, Coco Palm Resort, Dhuni Kolhu, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives, Indian Ocean, Asia

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Navan Center, County Armagh, Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe

Navan Center, County Armagh, Ulster, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Overwater bungalows, Moorea, French Polynesia

Overwater bungalows, Moorea, French Polynesia

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Thatch Cottage, New Alresford, Hampshire, England

Thatch Cottage, New Alresford, Hampshire, England

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Thatched Cottage, Widdington, Essex, England

Thatched Cottage, Widdington, Essex, England

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: School House, Benguet, P.I. between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service

School House, Benguet, P.I. between c1915 and c1920. Creator: Bain News Service
School House, Benguet, P.I. between c1915 and c1920. Shows a school house in Benguet, Philippines

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Admiral King's visit to the King of Siam at Bangkok: procession of boats up the river... 1865

Admiral King's visit to the King of Siam at Bangkok: procession of boats up the river... 1865. Creator: Unknown
Admiral King's visit to the King of Siam at Bangkok: procession of boats up the river from the British Consulate, 1865. Engraving of a sketch by Mr. R

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: View of sunrise and palm tree reflections in hotel pool near Puerto Morelos, Caribbean Coast

View of sunrise and palm tree reflections in hotel pool near Puerto Morelos, Caribbean Coast, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, North America

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Garden architecture: guard house with rose trellis and thatched roof. Chromolithograph by P

Garden architecture: guard house with rose trellis and thatched roof. Chromolithograph by P
FLO4663193 Garden architecture: guard house with rose trellis and thatched roof. Chromolithograph by P. de Pannemaeker from Jean Linden's l'Illustration Horticole, Brussels

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: The Guard-house of Humaita, Paraguay, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

The Guard-house of Humaita, Paraguay, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
The Guard-house of Humaita, Paraguay, 1864. The people are little better than savages, and immense tracts of fertile land are still a wilderness; but there are signs of improvement

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: 'Squire Mayduke's Daughter': Will Teague's House - drawn by Samuel Read, 1862

"Squire Mayduke's Daughter": Will Teague's House - drawn by Samuel Read, 1862. Illustration to a short story by Augustus Mayhew. From "Illustrated London News", 1862

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
A stampede of jackals through the environs of Calcutta, 1864. A walk through Calcutta about midnight reveals to the European stranger many curious sights

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: The New Inn, Manaccan, Cornwall. Early 1900s

The New Inn, Manaccan, Cornwall. Early 1900s
A woman and young child are standing in the doorway. The licence holder at the time was E. Lovesey. Tea gardens, refreshment rooms and accommodation are advertised

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Iyashi no-Sato Nenba Traditional Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Iyashi no-Sato Nenba Traditional Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Anne Hathaways Cottage, Stratford upon Avon, England, UK

Anne Hathaways Cottage, Stratford upon Avon, England, UK

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Borvemor Blackhouse, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Borvemor Blackhouse, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Thatched Cottage & Garden, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England

Thatched Cottage & Garden, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Playa Blanca, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea. Thatched hut on the beach

Playa Blanca, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Caribbean Sea. Thatched hut on the beach

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macoris province, Dominican Republic

Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macoris province, Dominican Republic. Bungalows on the beach in Playa Real

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Group of Ainu outside a hut, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Group of Ainu outside a hut, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Group of Ainu outside a hut, 1908

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Group of Ainu children standing in a passageway between huts, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Group of Ainu children standing in a passageway between huts, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Group of Ainu children standing in a passageway between huts, 1908

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Sketches of Native Life in India - Sepoy Encampment at Barrackpore, 1858. Creator: Unknown

Sketches of Native Life in India - Sepoy Encampment at Barrackpore, 1858. Creator: Unknown
Sketches of Native Life in India - Sepoy Encampment at Barrackpore, 1858. We are indebted to the sketch-book of Mr. Marshall Claxton for the...series of characteristic Sketches of a few of

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Lieutenant Cameron's Sketches in Central Africa: a lake dwelling on Lake Moheya, 1876

Lieutenant Cameron's Sketches in Central Africa: a lake dwelling on Lake Moheya, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Lieutenant Cameron's Sketches in Central Africa: a lake dwelling on Lake Moheya, 1876. A...feature of some interest is one of the "lake dwellings

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: The Royal Visit to India: craft on the Hooghly, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876

The Royal Visit to India: craft on the Hooghly, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. Creator: E. Hastie
The Royal Visit to India: craft on the Hooghly, from a sketch by one of our special artists, 1876. The future King Edward VII in India: from "The Times" newspaper

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Conquest of German East Africa; An improvised aircraft hangar at Toa... 1917. Creator: Unknown

Conquest of German East Africa; An improvised aircraft hangar at Toa... 1917. Creator: Unknown
Conquest of German East Africa; An improvised aircraft hangar at Toa, for the assembly of floats for a seaplane, 1917. From "L'Album de la Guerre 1914-1919

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Farmyard, 1873-1932. Creator: Willem Steenhoff

Farmyard, 1873-1932. Creator: Willem Steenhoff
Farmyard, 1873-1932

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Farmhouse with thatched roof, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst

Farmhouse with thatched roof, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst
Farmhouse with thatched roof, 1755-1818

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Farm with a wall, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst

Farm with a wall, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst
Farm with a wall, 1755-1818

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Farm in Eext, Drenthe, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst

Farm in Eext, Drenthe, 1755-1818. Creator: Egbert van Drielst
Farm in Eext, Drenthe, 1755-1818

Background imageThatched Roof Collection: Page from the book Azuma Asobi; (Ushijima, Nakataya), c1802. Creator: Hokusai

Page from the book Azuma Asobi; (Ushijima, Nakataya), c1802. Creator: Hokusai
Page from the book Azuma Asobi; (Ushijima, Nakataya), c1802



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"Timeless Beauty: Exploring the Enchanting World of Thatched Roofs" Step into the picturesque landscapes captured by renowned artists like Sir Ernest Albert Waterlow and Nicholas Garrison, and discover the allure of thatched roofs. Dating back to centuries ago, these unique architectural wonders have graced various corners of the world, leaving a lasting impression on both locals and visitors alike. In Galway Gossips, c1887, we are transported to a charming Irish village where thatched cottages dot the countryside. The warmth exuded by these traditional homes is palpable as neighbors gather for lively conversations. Traveling across continents, we find ourselves in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1757. Through a contemporary painting by Nicholas Garrison, we witness how Moravian settlers embraced this roofing technique to create an idyllic settlement along the Lehigh River. Even amidst snow-covered landscapes at Bignor Old Shop in January 1940 or atop Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset; thatched roofs stand resilient against nature's elements while adding an undeniable charm to their surroundings. Venturing further eastward brings us to Aileu in East Timor and Kauai's Native Hawaiian village from the 1800s. Here we see how different cultures incorporated thatched roofs into their traditional houses - a testament to its versatility and enduring appeal. From Papua New Guinea's native villages to Suganuma's UNESCO World Heritage Site in Toyama Prefecture, Japan; these structures continue to captivate with their rustic beauty. Winkle Street in Calbourne or Watlington's Chapel Street transport us back through time with glimpses of life from decades past. As we step inside "The Cottage Door" from 1899 or Arkesden's Thatched Cottage in Essex today; one cannot help but be enchanted by the cozy ambiance created within these humble abodes. Thatched roofs transcend time and borders - they are symbols of heritage, craftsmanship, and a connection to nature.