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Ramlin Rose : The Boatwoman's Story

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From the turn of the century to the late 1950s horse-drawn narrow-boats became a rarer and rarer sight on Britain's canals. Carrying a wide variety of cargoes to such destinations as the Potteries, the textile mills of Lancashire, the papermills of London, the colleges of Oxford, they struggled on against increasing competition from rail and road traffic to maintain their place in the country's economy. Yet little has been written abou the families who lived and worked on these boats - in particular the women. Drawing on recorded interviews with the few boatwomen left who were born and bred on horse-drawn boats, Sheila Stewart has recounted their experiences as seen through the eyes of an illiterate boatwoman, travelling mainly on the Oxford Canal through the Great War, the Depression, the Second World War, and the decline of the canals. It is a poignant account of astonishing courage and resilience, capturing a unique way of life during the first sixty years of this century.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8 pp halftones, line drawings
  • 0192853023
  • 9780192853028
  • 1,226,552

Table of contents

Ilda "takes a look"; the schoolin; Granny's little runnerboat; number ones; Moy-Chap's war; gettin in tow' "comin to town; "gettin 'em ahead"; Moycle; fish-outer-water; "put-put!"; "cross me 'eart and 'ope to die"; weatherin-on; three-'anded; "petter-petter!"; "-under the trees!"; "holdin-out"; winnin through; Jinny; spare h'admirals; on the bank. Appendix: Jenny's essays.show more

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'a valiant attempt to produce a record of them in a way they could not, by and large, have done for themselves ... a jolly good story' Waterways World 'a rambling tale which dips right into the hold - the heart of the floating families ... it is a refreshingly delicate read' David Hall, Oxford Times 'This fascinating story draws on recorded interviews with the boatwomen, who were born and bred on horse-drawn boats. Ms Stewart recounts their experiences as seen through the eyes of an illiterate boatwoman. Intriguing.' Terry Hamilton, Manchester Evening News 'compelling study of the boatwomen ... Fascinating.' Oxford Times 'This fascinating history draws on recorded interviews with the boatwomen, who were born and bred on horse-drawn boats. Ms Stewart recounts their experiences as seen through the eyes of an illiterate boatwoman. Intriguing.' Terry Hamilton, Manchester Evening News 'Rich in dialect, this is a story of incredibly strong women working alongside their husbands steering the heavily laden boats, shovelling coal and other cargoes, working the locks and struggling to bring up their families against all the odds ... I was totally fascinated by it. It has obviously been thoroughly researched and will make a valuable contribution to women's history. I would love to listen to the tape recordings and hope they are in a safe place.' Sheila Jemima, Oral History, Spring 1994 'a moving celebration of the unique and largely overlooked lives of the boatpeople, particularly the women, and the reader will not be able to look at a canal again without remembering them' Local History Magazine 44show more

About Sheila Stewart

Sheila Stewart is the author of Lifting the Latch (OPB, #5.99). She has written several short stories and radio plays, and lives in Banbury.show more

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