The working boats would have had a family living in a very small compartment at the stern end, the whole of the remaining part of the boat's hull would have been for open cargo storage such as coal, steel, stone, porcelain and general bulk cargoes.
The narrow boats we see now have the storage hold converted to very nice living areas with bedrooms and living areas plus showers etc. A lot are privately owned for holidaying on and some are permanently lived on. The majority are owned by holiday companies for hire.
The unique decorations are known as "Barge Art" but in their working days wouldn't have been so well decorated.
|A very ornate example of "Barge Art".|
|This is a bow lamp and would have been attached to the front of the boat at dusk.|
|This man is mounting the lamp to a post on the bow of the Narrow Boat.|