Cottages, South Walsham
Photographer: Payne Jennings, John (1843-1926)
Medium: Photographic print
“Cottages, South Walsham. – Here are two more of the old world cottages, with their thatched roofs, with eye-like dormer windows peering out upon the quiet village. Note that these buildings are thatched with boulders (a kind of flag), and not the usual hard river reed. Boulder thatching is less expensive, and consequently less durable, than reed roofing, which is the most durable, and at the same time most expensive material for thatching. The materials, arranged according to prices for thatching, run as follows, commencing with the cheapest, and ending with the most costly: brakes, marram, gladdon, boulders, straw, rushes, and reed.”
Letterpress description by Ernest R. Suffling accompanying Plate XXXIX from ‘Sun Pictures of the Norfolk Broads’.