Podcast: Last of the Bargees

Alice Lapworth shares tales of her time on the canals in the 1950s, sharing space with a family of 11, sleeping under her parents’ bed and jiving to gramophone music on the towpath. 


Waterfront meets Alice Lapworth, who was born on the Coventry Canal in the 1950s – one of nine children. She went on to work, marry and bring up her own children on the waterway. Now in her 80s, she’s finally become a land-lubber, but she can’t stay away from canals. In this special podcast, she shares intimate and rich memories of her former life on the canals of the Black Country.

Waterfront podcast celebrates the work of the Canal & River Trust, explores the stories behind some of our iconic stretches of water and meets fascinating people who live, work and play beside our waterways. Subscribe to Waterfront on iTunes so you don’t miss the next episode.