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If you are interested in purchasing any of the items below, please visit the 'Canal / Narrowboat Art Shop' page or click on the picture title

I became interested in the technique of Narrowboat Art, or Canal Art as it is sometimes known, when a friend introduced me to it. I found the naiveté but nevertheless skillful quality of the work quite endearing and enchanting. I wanted to be a part of helping to keep this fading part of English Heritage alive and it also combines pleasure with work, a combination many of us are looking for.

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~ Metal Churn ~

Specification: h: 72.5cm (28.5”)


Enamels and extra hard wearing varnish to surface for protection

Price : £205.00

Although this art form is not a part of everyday life on the canals anymore, the tradition of narrowboat folk art can be seen on some boat owners and company boats around Britain, though sadly with the intervention of transfers and decals, hand painted examples are few and far between. Although transfers and decals are of good quality, they lack the individuality and living properties of hand painted work.

Many items of Narrowboat Art can be found in gift and tourist related shops throughout England posing as ‘Traditional Narrowboat Art’, but as the majority of these items are not done on the traditional barge ware, they are in fact not traditional at all.

Roses and other small flowers, such as daisies and sunflowers, together with castles were the main component of traditional narrowboat painting.

Each rose petal was formed by a single and separate brush stroke, the darker colours first and the highlights last. They were arranged in a variety of groupings known as ‘swags’

The castles followed the same simple but skilful pattern and were of a dreamlike quality. They generally comprised of a castle in a landscape, a lake with sailing boats and mountains in the background and sometimes a stream with a bridge or swans would adorn the scene.

Geometric shapes, diamonds, scrolls, ‘good luck’ symbols, borders and frames together with the roses and castles embellished and enhanced every door panel, hatch, piece of furniture and utensil on the boat or butty as they were known.

~ Teddy bear Storage Box ~

Metal box with padded seat

Spec: ht: 46cm (18”); w: 40.5 cm (16”);

d: 31.75cm (13”) 

Price : £62.00​

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~ Boat Blanket Box/Coffee Table ~

Solid wood, fully lined, extra hard wearing varnish to top surface for protection 


Specification: h: 53cm (21”);   l: 76cm (30”);

w: 52cm (20.5”)

 Price : £245.00

Teddybear Storage Box
Green Watering can

~ Green Watering can ~

Enamel and extra hard wearing varnish to surface for protection

Spec: h: 46cm (18") including handle;

dia: 27cm (10 1/2");  61cm (24") from handle to spout tip

Price : £30.00

Dream Cottage Box

~ Cottage Storage Box ~

Spec: length: 42cm (16 1/2"); height: 30.5cm (12"): width: 33cm (13")

Price: £62.00


~ Scales ~

Spec: length 33cm (13"); height: 20cm (8")

Price:  £25.00

~ Neilson Cup ~  ​  1st in show for 3D work Scales

~ Neilson Cup ~

1st in show for 3D work Scales - EAG Exhibition October 2022

Black Castle Watering Can

~ Black Castle Watering can ~

Enamel and extra hard wearing varnish to surface for protection

Spec: 37cm (14 1/2" incl. handle;

dia: 20.3cm (8");

43cm (17") from handle to spout tip.

Price : £30.00

Black Castle Watering Can top

~ Bowl ~

Spec: h: 9cm (3 1/2"); dia: 29.5cm (11 1/2")

Price: £9.50

Water Container for barges

~ Barge Water Container ~

Spec: h: 43cm (17"); dia: 30.5cm (12")

Price: £45.00

Plant Pot and miniature Watering Cans

~ Miniature Watering Cans ~

Spec: h: 9cm (3 1/2"); dia: 16.5cm (6 1/2") at widest point

Price: £6.50 ea


~ Flower Pot ~

Spec: h: 10cm (4"); Top dia: 11.5cm (4 1/2")

Price: £6.50

~ Please note Spec sizes are approximate~

~ Please enquire about individual postage / courier prices ~

dog paw print
dog paw print

Wheelbarrow planter

Planted Wheelbarrow
Front view of wheelbarrow planter
Back view of wheelbarrow planter

Back View

Side View

Front View

Side view of wheelbarrow planter
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