|Working boat converted for leisure use on the Caldon Canal|
A pleasant but cool spring day today after a wild and snowy day yesterday. This traditional working boat has been converted to leisure use by adding windows (and presumably reinforcing the walls) to the oilskin and rope cover of the cargo area. In its working days the boatman and his family would have lived in the painted section at the rear of the boat. Sometimes the family had six or even more children, all eating and sleeping in the 6 foot by 10 foot cabin. This photo taken near Cheddleton.