Our History

Dorset Thatcher Rod Miller completed his thatching apprenticeship during the 1960’s with a thatching contractor in Wiltshire and in 1966 accepted the post for resident thatcher on the Weld Estate in Lulworth, Dorset where he still lives today.

Soon afterwards Rod was approached to price work for private thatched house owners and in the early 1970’s employed two trainee thatchers, one of whom was his brother, Ronnie.

As business thrived Rod sought more apprentices including Richard Nicolson who remains part of the firm today along with his son, Tom.

In the 1980’s Rod turned to importing reed from abroad when suitable local thatching reed became difficult to obtain.  Realising the demand for it from other thatcher’s he set up a reed dealing business to run alongside the thatching and to supply thatcher’s right across the UK.

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Today thatching company R V Miller Ltd continues to operate from its base in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck in Dorset and import reed and firmly believes that without the importation of these foreign materials the thatching craft would not survive and result in the loss of many historic thatch roofs.

New build thatching in Dorset really took off during the 1990s, and, as well as continuing to thatch locally, Rod also took his trade abroad and thatched several roofs in France.

In 1994 Rod’s stepson, John Tozer, completed his apprenticeship and now works alongside Rod to run the company.  John has experience of thatching in France, Germany and South Africa and in 2011 represented R V Miller Ltd when the company featured in BBC’s Ade In Britain, thatching.

R V Miller Ltd currently employs a workforce of approximately eight to keep up with the demanding workload.

After celebrating 50 years of thatching in May 2006 R V Miller Ltd continues to go from strength to strength.

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