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11-05-2013 : CANAL HORSES AT WORK ON THE HUDDERSFIELD NARROW CANAL

Canal Boat Holiday guests cruising the Huddersfield Narrow Canal near Standedge this weekend are in for a treat as they will be able to join the Horse Boating Society.

This Sunday the Horse Boating Society will tell the story of pack horses, wagon horses and Canal Boat horses that worked on the canals in the area.

After the harnessing demonstrations, you will be able to walk with the horse drawn boat on a journey down the Marsden lock flight to West Slaithwaite.

In the heyday of the canals horses would have been used to pull the Canal Boats and working Barges along the towpaths.

It was during the Industrial Revolution that canals really came into the own and they became the preferred means to move goods.

Working life was hard and the whole family including the very young children would have their part to play in the day to day running of the Canal Boat.

The Canal Boat men and their families lived on board and as most of the space was taken up with cargo they ate and slept on a butty or in the rear portion of the boat.

This tiny space was made attractive with its gleaming brass and fancy lace.

The decorated surfaces and housewares were painted with the artwork know as Castle and Roses.

During the early twentieth century diesel and steam replaced the horse which meant that it was possible to move cargo quicker and with less man power.

Consequently families began to move away from living on the Canal Boats and moved into the towns and cities.

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