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Letter to the Editor -
Register of Barges and their Owners

Debra Orgill, Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Please respond by eMail toeMail address for editor.

I read with interest the article by Clive Hackford in March’s edition of the Berkshire Family Historian.

Some of my ancestors supposedly owned a barge or barges in the late 1800s and it is said that although my great-great grandmother lived in a house in Reading, she always spent as much time as she could on her barge. Her sons also had barges and travelled the Kennet and Windrush River.

Reading the article made me wonder whether there might be a register of barges and if there is where I might find it. I don’t know the name of the barge only that the surname of the owners was THORPE.

I wonder if anybody might be able to help.

It might be worthwhile trying the surname index of canal and river boatmen which contains about 10,000 surnames. It’s free, but if you have names to add to the list they are very welcome. Send a stamped self-addressed envelope to John Roberts, 52 St. Andrews Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B75 6UH. The Editor.

See also Watermen and Mariners contacts at townsleyb.members.beeb.net/Boatmen/contact01.htm. Webmaster.


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