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'Victoria', carved figure head of horse drawn boat

Foster’s Boat Houses

History of Foster's Boat Houses

This is the approximate location of Foster’s Boat Houses as shown on the 1901 Cambridge North OS map.

A horse drawn boat ‘Victoria’ operated out of Foster’s boat yard. In the late 19th century horse drawn and steam powered boats known as ‘party boats’ took pleasure parties from Cambridge to Ely and Clayhithe.


The celebrated runner Charles Rowell worked as a young man at Foster’s Boat House. He was later the publican at the Maypole in Cambridge.

Charles Rowell, 1879

Charles Rowell belt

Charles Rowell belt



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