The EAMTA, The East Anglia Master Thatchers Association, covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex & Hertfordshire.

Established 70 years ago, the East Anglia Master Thatchers Association represents a select group of thatchers from across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire. To become a member, work is assessed by existing Master Thatchers, meaning the standards and specifications are the most rigorous in the country.

Each member is guaranteed to be a thatcher of the highest standards, and as an association, we share knowledge, skills and information with one another, ensuring our standards continue to lead the way in the thatching industry.

We are involved with the promotion of thatch and thatching in many areas, from research into issues facing the industry, to providing information for historic conservation offices, to training the next generation of master thatchers. 

By choosing a member of the EAMTA, you are guaranteed thatching work of the highest quality.

Origins and Aims

The EAMTA origins began after the second World War, when band of Suffolk thatchers came together to form an organisation dedicated to maintaining the standards of excellence found in the county.

By 1949, the Suffolk Master Thatchers Association had been formed.

In 1988, a regional body covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire and known as the East Anglian Master Thatcher's Association came into being.

The aims of the association are as follows:

  • To maintain and promote the highest standards of work within the thatching industry
  • To provide thatch owners with a highly satisfactory and dependable service
  • To give expert advice and up to date information
  • To help thatch owners find a thatcher
  • To ensure the regional characteristics and local knowledge of thatching techniques survives
  • To promote and carry out research into thatching and related areas, such as long straw production
  • To share information relevant to thatching to other professionals, such as architects, planners and conservation officers
  • To assist anyone wishing to become involved in the thatching industry.


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