Lockside antiques


And now for something completely different......

As well as being antiques dealers, we have been boat owners since 1975. Our present boat, Rome, featured in the Waterways World publication, The Narrowboat Builder’s Book which my husband, Graham, co-wrote with Andy Burnett. She was awarded the Marion Munk Rose Bowl for the best narrow beam boat at the IWA Festival in Chester.

We have had many happy years cruising the system on Rome but now, unfortunately, we feel that  we are becoming too old to ‘carry on cruising’. The boat is therefore being sold so that a new owner can give it the use it deserves.

Rome is a 60ft traditional narrowboat fitted out on a shell by the renowned builder, Les Allen and Sons. She is powered by a Lister HW2 in its own engine room as in the days of the working boats. Behind the engine room is a boatman’s cabin with all the traditional features and decorated in the traditional way with scumbled walls and roses and castles on the panels.

Forward of the engine room, the interior is more modern in design, although the decor uses William Morris fabrics and wallpaper to give a cosy, Victorian atmosphere.

The bathroom has a bath with shower taps, a vanity unit and a pump-out toilet. Next comes a dual purpose area. At night it has a double bed, a wardrobe and a corner cupboard while, during the daytime, the bed can be converted easily into a four person dinette, perfect for relaxing meals at the end of a day’s cruising. The wardrobe incorporates an Alde gas boiler which heats the domestic hot water as well as a system of radiators on the starboard side.

The front part of the boat contains steps leading to the two sets of side doors, the galley and saloon. Roman arches and columns contain the galley which has a gas hob and oven, electric fridge and a sink and drainer unit as well as cupboards for dry stores, crockery and pans.

Finally, the saloon has a solid fuel stove which also heats a radiator in the bedroom area. Around the sides there are cupboards and shelves for TV, books and the occasional bottle of wine. In the middle there is ample space for two swivel reclining chairs and a table for dining if you prefer to leave the bed made up during the day.

There are many more features, too numerous to mention. For more information please ring us and we will be pleased to answer your queries.

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