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Water Gypsies


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Water Gypsies

In this captivating account, Julian Dutton – who grew up on a houseboat – explores the evolution of boat-dwelling, from its industrial roots during the peak of the canals to its emergence as an alternative lifestyle following World War II.

Living on Britain’s waterways has been a cherished part of our social history for centuries, dating back to the ancient fisher-folk and continuing to the bohemian houseboat residents of the 1950s and beyond. Surprisingly, a complete history of the houseboat lifestyle has never been documented.

Using personal accounts and diaries, Water Gypsies provides a lively narrative of this unique way of life while also contributing valuable insights to social history.

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Julian Dutton



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Canal Junction has been online for over 25 years. Through our Canal Junction Shop we sell our extensive range of canal books directly to the public.


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