Historic Boats

The history of the narrow boat is intertwined with the history of the canal system. Narrow boats were originally built as working boats in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries for carrying goods on the narrow canals. Take a look at our blogs below to find out more.

Historic Boat Spotting Guide - Find out about some of the features to be found on working boats and the stories behind them.

Evolution of the Narrow Boat - narrowboats have evolved greatly from the working boats in the 18th century, to the boats used for recreation and homes today.

Historic Boat Spotting Guide - Do you know the difference between a large Northwich and a small Woolwich? Can you tell a Washer Josher from the genuine article?

Events & Festivals

Many waterway events offer an opportunity to take a look at surviving historic narrow boats. Find out more about events and festivals.