This page has been created as a record of the nineteen thatched buildings that exist in Meldreth in 2014. Of the nineteen houses, sixteen are listed buildings (Grade II). The three that are not listed are Walnut Cottage at 9 Whitecroft Road, 98 North End and Fordham’s Cottage 34 Chiswick End. There is a separate page on the expansion of Fordham’s Cottage.
All the listed buildings were thatched with long straw rather than reed at the time of listing.
Only three have a sculpted thatch feature on the top of the roof: Bluebell Cottage at 41 Whitecroft Road which has a family of ducks and Fordham’s Cottage with a bird. 29 North End (the former Smithy) has a metal sculpted bird on one end.
All photographs were taken in late summer 2014.
If anyone has memories of living in any of these houses and particularly of a rethatching, we would be delighted if you could add a comment to the page.
We are also interested in copies of floor plans of any of these buildings as we would like to develop a page showing the development of village dwellings from their possible medieval frameworks.