Slower pace of life: Wives of bargemen rest and talk on decks of barges tied up in a canal in Warwickshire

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Slower pace of life: Wives of bargemen rest and talk on decks of barges tied up in a canal in Warwickshire, pre-coronation England

Canal boat 'Friendship' built by Sephtons

FRIENDSHIP is one of the most famous horse drawn, wooden narrow boats in the country. She is a rare example of an owner-operated horse boat and, for over 50 years, she was the livelihood and home for Joe and Rose Skinner.

BW192-3-2-2-13-1-456 a close up of the stern of the butty 'Snipe', there is a boatwoman stood by the entrance to the cabin. The motor 'Tern' is behind 'Snipe' and has a decorated can on top of the cabin. The Boat Free House and cottages are visible in the background. [The narrowboats are the ex Fellows, Morton & Clayton Limited boats 'Kildare' and 'Emu']. Date 1950s

BW192-3-2-2-13-1-456 a close up of the stern of the butty 'Snipe', there is a boatwoman stood by the entrance to the cabin. The motor 'Tern' is behind 'Snipe' and has a decorated can on top of the cabin. The Boat Free House and cottages are visible in the background. [The narrowboats are the ex Fellows, Morton & Clayton Limited boats 'Kildare' and 'Emu']. Date 1950s

Beautiful lady's

Beautiful lady's

3 women trainees and a dog on the back of the Grand Union Canal Company Limited butty narrowboat 'Uttoxeter'. 1942-45 (CRT ref BW192-3-1-20-2-7)

3 women trainees and a dog on the back of the Grand Union Canal Company Limited butty narrowboat 'Uttoxeter'. (CRT ref

February 1936: Schoolchildren having lessons on a barge at West Drayton.

Captioned: "February Schoolchildren having lessons on a barge at West Drayton.

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