Thursday 2 April 2020

Ulster thatch and Fife harling – UK, 1970

Two stamps today (you lucky people!), both from the British Rural Architecture set of 1970.

Ulster Thatch: thatched roofs used to be commonplace in Northern lreland but this stamp might have been a portent of doom. The internet tells me that there are only 150 thatched roofs left in Northern Ireland and that the craft (and art) of thatching has all but died out. The good news from one thatcher is that about 50% of their work is new build so perhaps there is new value being found from traditional crafts.

Fife Harling: harling is a method for rendering walls, most commonly found in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Rough walls are covered with a mix of plaster and small pebbles; sometimes the wall is then covered with a coloured render. It’s been used for centuries and remains popular in rainier climates as it’s easier to maintain than painted walls.

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