In these instances they appear to indicate the thatching with which the roof is covered.
In the stack-yard, behind the lengthy range of stables, two men were thatching.
With plaster and sticks for walls they are roofed by thatching of straw overhanging the walls and sloping up to a peak.
They have a quaint device of thatching in Devon, quoth Jack Straw.
These he covered with a mass of boughs and marsh grass as a thatching.
In winter such a thatching If covered with snow supplies a warm shelter.
Where's the thatching the thatcher of Thatchwood has thatch'd?
I be a thatcher, and thatching to-the-truth-of-music is about done for.
The leaves are used for thatching, and the trunks or stems are hollowed out and converted into water pipes.
Before the thatching begins, there are laths to put upon the rafters.
Old English þeccan "to cover," related to þæc "roof, thatching material," from Proto-Germanic *thakan (cf. Old Saxon thekkian, Old Norse þekja, Old Frisian thekka, Middle Dutch decken, Old High German decchen, German decken "to cover"), from PIE *(s)tog-/*(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus).
Old English þæc "roof, thatch," from the source of thatch (v.). Cf. Old Norse þak, Old Frisian thek, Middle Dutch dak "roof," Old High German dah, German Dach "roof."
Pubic hair: love to get under her thatch (1933+)