Meet The ‘Lady Thatcher’ Who Has Re-Roofed A St James St Cottage

Thatcher Julie Hendry is used to attracting attention. People often stop and stare when they spot thatching underway.

The sight of a woman thatching is more unusual. Julie is often referred to as ‘Lady Thatcher’ – and she’s heard all the jokes you can imagine about the former prime minister!

Thatcher Julie Hendry

Julie was a civil servant before she took the unusual decision to retrain in this traditional craft. We caught up with Julie as she was finishing the roofing job at a cottage on St James Street. She explains how her career change came about.