Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Globe repairs

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London

Shakespeare's Globe has begun repair works to the roof of its iconic theatre. In 1996the theatre became the first thatched building in London since the Great Fire 330 years earlier, and was a crucial component in Sam Wanamaker's vision to strive for faithful reconstruction of Shakespeare's legendary theatre. Today, it is recognised as one of the most famous thatched buildings in the world.

Experienced Master Thatchers, phil Cambell and Kit Davis who both worked on the original thatching, have joined forces once more with their respective teams to undertake essential maintance work on the ridge of the roof. A combined workforce of ten thatchers will use 800 bundles of sedge from the Norfolk Broads, 10,000 English hazel spars, 2,500 feet of liggers and 600 litres of fire retardant fluid.

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