Herefordshire’s River Trade book launch Thursday 17th October

Logaston Press and Heather Hurley invite you to celebrate the launch of Herefordshire’s River T Craft & Cargo on the River Wye  at 7.30 on Thursday 17th October  with a short talk by Heather at the Hereford Rowing Club Greyfriars Avenue  when refreshments will be available.

( The book retails at £12.95 but will be on sale on the evening at £10.00 if you buy two copie sor another Logaston Press book)

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.
Heather Hurley began her working life in public and college libraries and since moving to Herefordshire has taken a keen interest in local history. She has written many books including The Old Roads of South Herefordshire, The Story of Ross, Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley, The Green Lanes of Herefordshire and three books on the social history of pubs with Logaston Press.
Paperback, 208 pages, 190 illustrations over half in colour. ISBN 9781906663759 Price: £12.95
The book will be available in bookshops from the 18th October
or post free from Logaston Press (www.logastonpress.co.uk or 01544 327344)T

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