The Ferry

The Ferry. Engraved by W. J. Palmer from drawings on wood by H. R. Robertson. From Life on the Upper Thames (1875). Such rope ferries powered by human arms and hands provided a means of crossing the Thames and other rivers when fords were too dangerous — say, in spring — and neither a weir nor bridge had been constructed. G.H. Birch's London on Thames in Bygone Days points out that before Victorian days many bridges, which were funded by private investors, charged tolls, and the poor could not always afford to cross.

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Related Material


Robertson, H. R. Life on the Upper Thames. London: Virtue, Spalding, and Co., 1875. Internet Archive version of a copy in the Harvard College Library. Web. 29 April 2012.

Last modified 30 April 2012