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Pencil cottage is a thatched roof house in Shanklin Old Village on the Isle of Wight, UK that dates back to the 17th Century.

Old photo circa 1960:

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Pencil Cottage is now used as a gift shop and tea room.

The village where it is located – Shanklin Old Village – contains some of the oldest dwellings in the region. It has long been a popular tourist destination and as such is home to several inns, pubs, and tea houses – most of which have thatched roofs.

Here’s an historic postcard image of Shanklin Old Village that showcases the many thatched roofs:

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Thatched roofs are literally built from dry vegetation such as straw, reeds, rushes, large leaves, or twigs. The material is layered on a slope to shed water away from the building. This style of roofing goes back a long way but the outer layers actually need to be replaced every 8-14 years, according to Wikipedia.

There’s nothing quite like a thatched roof on a bona fide fairytale English stone cottage.

At Pencil Cottage, you can have your tea and drink it too! 

image from: (author: Peter Trimming cc)


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