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hee doth lye more stubble eaven on the toppe of the ridge, thereby
supposinge that the bandes which goe crosse the stacke will have
the more power to keepe it downe, and soe that which lyeth above
to keepe that fast and firme which lyeth under it‘.’

In North Yorkshire, a thick layer of rye straw was placed on
the ridge and pegged and laced down: the eaves projected about
18 in., and the thatch was cut clean, at right angles with the
surface of the walling”.

Often in the South of England, the rods or broaches are crossed


Fig. 59. Typical straw thatch at IIinksey, near Oxford.

over the ridge, in order to hold it down, in the direction of the
roof slope. They are most visible when the thatch is old and thin
(Fig. 59), and are perhaps allied to the so-called ‘ Dachreiter,"that
is roof-riders, of the German thatch. ‘ Dachreiter ’ are short pieces
of wood crossing at the ridge, and holding down the ridge thatch,
and these in their turn, seem to be a survival of the method of
holding down the thatch by long poles laid over it, crossing at the
ridge, which is the peculiarly Russian method (see pp. 216—7).
1 Farming Book, p. 60.

2 Harold E. Henderson, ‘Minor Domestic Architecture of Yorkshire’ in the
Builder, 23rd June, 19H.

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