Lickettstown Thatching Project

In 2020 the Architectural Conservation Office of Kilkenny County Council commissioned a number of videos of a rethatching project in Lickettstown, County Kilkenny. Lickettstown is one of the 57 villages located in south Kilkenny identified by Jack Burtchaell's studies as displaying a settlement pattern that is broadly different to that of other village types throughout the country.

A detached four-bay single-storey thatched cottage with dormer attic, c.1800, with entrance windbreak on an elliptical plan, with hipped roof with water reed thatch having rope work to ridge was re-thatched. The walls of the building still contain the original limewash, which cover the building's random rubble stone and mud construction. This thatched building, like many other vernacular structures, is integral to the local landscape: its repair and continued use is testament to the ongoing collaboration between the home owner, crafts people and the Architectural Conservation Office of Kilkenny County Council, and also to the conservation funding from central government (Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht) by way of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund.

Please click on the link below to start the videos:
1. Lickettstown Thatching Project - Highlights (approx. 5minutes)

2. Lickettstown Thatching Project - Living in a thatched cottage (approx. 2 minutes)

3. Lickettstown Thatching Project - An Irish Bobbin (approx. 2 minutes)

4. Lickettstown Thatching Project - Thatch roof scallops (approx. 2 minutes)

5. Lickettstown Thatching Project - Súgán ropes (approx. 2 minutes)

6. Lickettstown Thatching Project - The side hatchet (approx. 3 minutes)

7. Lickettstown Thatching Project - Full video (approx. 50 minutes)

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