Rackham the Reed thatcher starts a family business which will span over 400 years and 14 generations.c1593
Joshua Rackham continues the family tradition based in Parham.1821-1909
Benjamin takes over the family business from his father Joshua. Based in Huntingfield he 'lays reed' at £5 a square (100 square feet x foot thick). 1853-1928
Ebeneezer left school in 1898 to begin working for his father Benjamin. As well as a Master Suffolk Thatcher, Ebeneezer was a gifted organist who played for Bramfield & Walpole Churches for over 50 years. He taught & employeed his 4 sons as thatchers and although he developed a fear of heights, he continued to run the business from the ground until his death in 1962.
Video of Ebeneezer and his sons thatching in 1935
Cyril begins working with his father in 1931 but when he is called up to fight during World War II his sister Sybil replaces him until he returns.1917-2004
Peter leaves school in 1953 to work for his Grandfather Ebeneezer's Thatching business. He works alongside his father Cyril and uncle Basil until 1982 when his father retires and he takes over the business.1953
Chelsea Flower Show Exhibition
Cyril Rackham thatches the exhibition shelter for Fisk's of Westleton stand at the Chelsea Flower Show.1953
Master Thatcher of the Year
Cyril and Peter win Master Thatcher of the Year for their work on Thorington Round House. They attend the Suffolk show to collect the Kayler Silver Challenge Cup.1968
David leaves school to begin his apprenticeship with his father Peter. They continue to work together until Peter's retirement in 2002.1985
David continues the Rackham Family Tradition with occasion help from his father Peter.