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Thanks for the comments all.
@ Steve - would appreciate your C&C re the elements you find distracting & need removal.
@ Niall, The second pub, 'The Mason's Arms' is in 'Lower' Odcombe. The church is in Norton-sub-Hamden. I had just bought a 70-200L and on my way home over Ham Hill. It had gone dusk. I always stop at the top of Ham Hill and take in the wonderful view. The mist was just rising out of the ground around the church. From memory, it was a 30 second exposure - the first image from the 70-200!
@ Tom a good thatch should hold tight and be waterproof for 20 ~ 25 years. There are various reeds used for thatching. A Norfolk Reed is supposed to be the best. The thatcher will cover his new thatch with wire netting to stop birds pulling reeds out for nesting materials! Various thatchers have their own trade mark. The make a straw sculpture of some sort. If you have a look on the roof of the Royal Oak pub, you can see the thatcher made several straw ducks thereupon.
Thatches are very warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are beautiful but there is a downside. They are a fire risk. Imagine a spark or two from a well stoked fire. A new thatch can cost £20,000 or more (approx. $US32,000)
The other downside is that most thatch cottages are 'listed' buildings. That means that the owners will be under severe restrictions on what they can do with the building (re-modelling etc - must use same types of windows, not allowed to knock walls down or add extensions etc) and that means the must replace a thatched roof with a thatch... Here endeth the lesson!