Herefordshire's River Trade - Craft and Cargo on the Wye and Lugg, by Heather Hurley
Book published by Logaston in 2013, 200 pages. Paperback (N5917)
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From the rear side cover: The story of the trade on the rivers Wye and Lugg in Herefordshire has never been told in its entirety, until now. Local historian Heather Hurley has delved into barge accounts, the pages of the Hereford Times and Hereford Journal, and the papers of firms and businesses based on or near the banks of the two rivers to produce this account. It covers the type of craft used, the cargoes carried, the families of boat owners, the masters and crew of the boats, accidents on the water, the development of wharves, the hiring of bowhauliers and the advent of the horse towing path. Perhaps most surprising is the extent of boat building along the banks of the Herefordshire Wye, with craft ranging from small ferries to barges and even steam-powered vessels.
But the story is wider than just the rivers and their banks, for it is also about the felling and transporting of timber to supply the shipyards at Plymouth and elsewhere building vessels for the Royal Navy, the need to reduce the price of coal in Hereford, the trade in cider, wine and spirits, and the requirement of lime for agricultural and building purposes. There are also hints of the lifestyles of some of those living near the Wye, indicated by the goods that were ordered and transported by boat.