Coal barge at Skipton, North Yorkshire

Coal barge at Skipton, North Yorkshire
Photograph taken 1947 © Copyright Historic England Archive ref: AA98/10903

This barge is carrying fuel from the coalfields of the North. When most of the canals were cut in the 18th and 19th centuries they were most economical way of transporting goods. As this picture shows, canals were still being used for commercially in the mid-20th century.

Location

North Yorkshire Skipton

Period

1940s (1946 - 1949)

Themes

Tags

canal barge transport trade work coal town medieval (1066 - 1484)