Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd

The name of Thomas Clayton is probably best known in canal carrying circles for the colourful fleet of narrowboats that were some of the last to trade on a regular basis around the Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN). The business also had a major involvement at the southern end of the Grand Union Canal and at one time its boats traded widely over many other parts of the inland waterways network.

In Issue 1 - Spring 2006 Alan Faulkner marked the 40th anniversary of Clayton's ceasing carrying with a 12-page feature, from which this fleet list is taken. It has been amended to include the additional information provided by Chris Jones in the Letters pages of the Summer Issue of Narrowboat.

The fleet list can be sorted by clicking on the column headings. A "00" entry indicates that the exact date is not known

NameFleet noJoined fleetRegistration numberRegistration dateBuilder/sourceNotes
Adder5312/1916Brentford 359
Birmingham 1564
20/02/1917
21/06/1935
W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Adder (m)5306/1952Oldbury 2504/07/1952ex Docks & Inland Waterways Executive
Aire3601/1903Uxbridge 343
Birmingham 1501
00/01/1903
16/03/1928
Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Alde4410/1916Brentford 355
Birmingham 1572
17/10/1916
21/06/1935
W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Amazon (b)12/1916Brentford 35820/02/1917W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Anker4211/1906Berkhamsted 43820/11/1906William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Arrow3004/1893None foundFMC, Saltley
Avon607/1889Birmingham 79715/01/1892ex William Clayton
Avon605/1905Uxbridge 39300/05/1905FMC, Uxbridge
Ballad207/1915Birmingham 133602/07/1915ex Shropshire Union Railways & Canal Co
Bannon5507/1917Brentford 36318/09/1917William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Beaver1512/1917Birmingham 136614/12/1917William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Blyth4004/1917Leicester 13900/04/1917Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Blyth807/1889Birmingham 853
Birmingham 1132
29/03/1893
06/05/1904
ex William Clayton
Bourne5405/1917Brentford 362
Birmingham 1565
19/06/1917
21/06/1935
William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Bourne (b)4602/1907Berkhamsted 44212/08/1907William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Boyle5609/1917Brentford 36418/09/1917W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Boyne4712/1912Brentford 32117/12/1912W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Brent1010/1917Leicester 14003/11/1917Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Brent1007/1889Birmingham 832
Uxbridge 252
17/12/1892
00/08/1898
ex William Clayton
Calder2700/1949Birmingham 1478*02/04/1925ex ICI, Birmingham
Calder1107/1918Birmingham 137310/01/1919William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Calder1807/1889Birmingham 88227/10/1893ex William Clayton
Captain (m)05/1947Birmingham 1466*04/07/1924ex FMC, Birmingham
Charles3012/1915Birmingham 134630/12/1915ex Fred Mason
Cherwell07/1889Birmingham 28016/02/1880ex William Clayton
Cherwell210/1918Brentford 38717/12/1918William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Chess1200/1949Birmingham 1161*10/11/1905ex ICI, Birmingham
Chess (b)3411/1906Berkhamsted 43720/11/1906William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Clyde2907/1889Birmingham 13419/03/1879ex William Clayton
Clyde2912/1892Birmingham 831
Birmingham 1128
17/12/1892
15/04/1904
FMC, Saltley
Clyde1100/1949Uxbridge 511*29/10/1918ex ICI, Birmingham
Cole3712/1903Uxbridge ? Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Cole (b)9600/1949None foundex Bowker & King, London
Colne1807/1889Birmingham 3005/02/1879ex William Clayton
Colne (b)2510/1903Uxbridge ? FMC
Uxbridge
ex Bowker & King, London
Conway1507/1889Coventry 23516/02/1897ex William Clayton
Conway3207/1911Birmingham 1240
Birmingham 1284
28/07/1911
17/03/1913
Edward Dutton, West DraytonReg no. (3) Birmingham 1527, 20/06/1930
Conway1900/1949Birmingham 1468*17/10/1924ex ICI, Birmingham
Cromford1901/1900Leicester 109
Daventry 233
15/03/1900
20/12/1905
Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Cromford3200/1949Birmingham 1467*04/07/1924ex ICI, Birmingham
Dane1809/1905Berkhamsted 416
Tamworth 83
07/10/1905
08/03/1930
William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Dane (m)1801/1948Oldbury 2413/07/1950ex Severn & Canal Carrying Co.
Danube07/1889Birmingham 22904/06/1879ex William Clayton
Danube2410/1905Berkhamsted 41818/10/1905William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Dart2307/1889Birmingham 84316/02/1893ex William Clayton
Dart1209/1905Berkhamsted 417
Birmingham 1518
07/10/1905
07/06/1929
William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Dart (m)1601/1948Oldbury 2313/07/1950ex Severn & Canal Carrying Co
Dee1712/1895Birmingham 94620/12/1895FMC, Saltley
Derwent2401/1893None foundFMC, Saltley
Devon2807/1889Birmingham 25801/10/1879ex William Clayton
Devon4202/1919Birmingham 147901/05/1925William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Don2007/1889Birmingham 80527/02/1892ex William Clayton
Don2010/1905Berkhamsted 419
Birmingham 1508
18/10/1905
18/05/1928
William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Don (m)101/1948Oldbury 2202/06/1949ex Severn & Canal Carrying Co.
Doon5705/1919Birmingham 147702/04/1925William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Dove07/1889Birmingham 9919/03/1879ex William Clayton
Dove2712/1905Coventry 32302/10/1906William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Dove (m)801/1948Oldbury 2103/11/1948ex Severn & Canal Carrying Co.
Eden1403/1924Brentford 424
Birmingham 1566
18/03/1924
21/06/1935
FMC, Uxbridge
Emperor (m)04/1948Birmingham 1006*03/06/1898ex FMC, Birmingham
England (m)01/1952Birmingham 1615*18/02/1938ex Docks & Inland Waterways Executive
Erewash404/1899Leicester 10707/04/1899Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Erewash2807/1924Leicester 154
Birmingham 1571
22/07/1924
21/06/1935
Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Erne2406/1924Brentford 42815/07/1924William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Esk1503/1924Brentford 42617/06/1924William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Exe407/1889Birmingham 10819/03/1879ex William Clayton
Exe403/1924Brentford 425
Birmingham 1570
18/03/1924
21/06/1935
FMC, Uxbridge
Forth2707/1889None foundex William Clayton
Forth2207/1925Brentford 44315/09/1925William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Foyle4800/1949Birmingham 1499*16/12/1927ex ICI, Birmingham
Foyle (b)5812/1925Not knownNot known
Frays (b)1301/1904Uxbridge 36400/01/1904FMC, Uxbridge
Frome4110/1925Brentford 44515/12/1925William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Ganges07/1889Birmingham 52823/03/1886ex William Clayton
Ganges2810/1910Uxbridge 45224/10/1910Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Ganges1712/1926Birmingham 149617/12/1926George Hale & Son, Oldbury,
Gifford6012/1926Daventry 37407/12/1926William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Gipping6112/1926Tamworth 2611/12/1926Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Glen5910/1926Tring 10402/11/1926Bushell Brothers, Tring
Hamble3502/1927Tamworth 2912/02/1927Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Harken (m)3900/1949Not registeredex Ernest Thomas,Walsall
Hebble3012/1927Leicester 15900/12/1927Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Holston3405/1927Leicester 15806/05/1927Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Hudson6202/1927Daventry 37501/03/1927William Nurser & Sons, Braunston
Humber3301/1897Birmingham 968
Birmingham 1125
29/01/1897
15/04/1904
FMC, Saltley
Humber (b)503/1923Brentford 41524/04/1923J. S.Watson, Gainsborough
Irwell3907/1889Birmingham 780
Birmingham 1135
17/07/1891
17/06/1904
ex William Clayton
Irwell6505/1928Birmingham 150718/05/1928George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Isis (b)11/1907Berkhamsted 45522/11/1907William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Ivor3812/1928Birmingham 1515
Tamworth 194
19/01/1929
13/10/1945
George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Jardine6811/1929Leicester 16005/12/1929Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Jordan6606/1929Birmingham 151907/06/1929George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Juba6711/1929Birmingham 152402/11/1929George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Kabul7312/1930Birmingham 1371*11/10/1918ex Midland Tar Distillers, Oldbury
Kama7112/1930Birmingham 153119/12/1930George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Ken2012/1930Birmingham 153019/12/1930ex Midland Tar Distillers, Oldbury
Kennet3510/1901Uxbridge 324
Uxbridge 430
00/10/1901
00/11/1908
Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Kennet6901/1930Birmingham 152531/01/1930George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Kent9100/1949Birmingham 1351*29/09/1916ex ICI, Birmingham
Kent2312/1930Birmingham 153219/12/1930ex Midland Tar Distillers, Oldbury
Kubina7010/1930Daventry 414
Birmingham 1589
07/10/1930
19/06/1936
Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Kym906/1930Daventry 40917/06/1930Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Lea7406/1931Daventry 42316/06/1931Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Lea1101/1900Uxbridge 28300/01/1900Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Leam7202/1931Leicester 16107/02/1931Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Leam707/1889Birmingham 800
Birmingham 868
29/01/1892
14/07/1893
ex William Clayton
Liffey7500/1949Birmingham 1484*22/01/1926ex ICI, Birmingham
Liffey4801/1913Brentford 323
Birmingham 1569
07/01/1913
21/06/1935
Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Liffey1207/1889Birmingham 82613/10/1892ex William Clayton
Marne (b)01/1915Brentford 33705/01/1915W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Medina7600/1949Birmingham 1358*16/03/1917ex ICI, Birmingham
Medina108/1900Uxbridge 30200/08/1900Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Medway2507/1889Birmingham 81822/07/1892ex William Clayton
Medway (b)11/1915Brentford 34702/11/1915W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Mersey2904/1904Birmingham 112715/04/1904Rebuilt at Saltley
Mersey3401/1897Birmingham 96929/01/1897FMC, Saltley
Mersey (b)3311/1924Brentford 42916/12/1924Built in Holland
Mohawk7702/1932Birmingham 1116*13/11/1903ex Chance & Hunt, Oldbury
Mole7805/1932Daventry 431
Oldbury 5
17/05/1932
31/10/1938
Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Mole07/1889Birmingham 81022/04/1892ex William Clayton
Monnow7700/1949Birmingham 1104*19/12/1902ex ICI, Birmingham
Monnow1301/1932Birmingham 1339*01/10/1915ex British Cyanide, Birmingham
Moose7601/1932Not registeredex British Cyanide, Oldbury
Moose4500/1949Birmingham 1352*29/09/1916ex ICI, Birmingham
Moy1300/1949Birmingham 1196*07/02/1908ex ICI, Birmingham
Moy7501/1932Birmingham 1328*15/01/1915ex British Cyanide, Oldbury
Nene1410/1900Uxbridge ? Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Nene (b)01/1923None foundex Emanuel Smith, Brentford
Nile1505/1903Uxbridge 35300/05/1905Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Northampton07/1889Birmingham 815
Birmingham 815
29/04/1892
12/10/1896
ex William ClaytonReg no (3) Birmingham 1134, 13/05/1904
Ohio4108/1906Uxbridge ?FMC, Uxbridge
Ohio7908/1934Birmingham 155417/08/1934George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Oka8007/1934Daventry 45500/06/1934Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Orwell5807/1934Tamworth 13121/07/1934Lees & Atkins, Polesworth
Otter607/1889Birmingham 781
Birmingham 825
31/07/1891
13/10/1892
ex William Clayton
Otter (b)6400/1927Not knownex Maypole Dairy, Southall
Ouse2207/1889Birmingham 794
Birmingham 1133
11/12/1891
06/05/1904
ex William Clayton
Ouse (b)6300/1927Not knownex Maypole Dairy, Southall
Pearl8102/1935Daventry 46104/02/1935Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Pearl (m)8110/1945Oldbury 1602/10/1945ex horse boat, converted at Oldbury
Peel8305/1935Birmingham 156217/05/1935George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Pinn7302/1935Birmingham 155915/02/1935George Hale & Son, Oldbury
Portugal (m)01/1952Birmingham 1610*25/10/1937ex Docks & Inland Waterways Executive
Poyle8205/1935Birmingham 156821/06/1935Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Rea8405/1936Birmingham 1588
Oldbury 9
19/06/1936
13/06/1941
Nurser Brothers, Braunston
Rea510/1900Uxbridge 28200/01/1900Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Ribble8512/1936Birmingham 160318/12/1936FMC, Uxbridge
Ribble4401/1898Birmingham 996
Birmingham 1136
21/01/1898
17/06/1904
FMC, Saltley
Ribble (m)8501/1942Oldbury 1116/01/1942ex horse boat, converted at Braunston
Severn8606/1937Birmingham 160504/06/1937FMC, Uxbridge
Severn1607/1889Coventry 23416/02/1897ex William Clayton
Severn (m)8608/1944Oldbury 1401/08/1944ex horse boat, converted at Braunston
Shannon4600/1949Birmingham 1500*03/02/1938ex ICI, Birmingham
Shannon310/1900Uxbridge ?Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Soar201/1899Leicester 10424/01/1899Rudkin Brothers, Leicester
Soar (m)3205/1937Birmingham 160428/05/1937ex FMC, Birmingham
Solway2610/1913Brentford 32921/10/1913W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Spey (m)8811/1937Birmingham 161219/11/1937FMC, Uxbridge
Stort5212/1915Brentford 35018/01/1916W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Stort (b)3101/1900Uxbridge 28500/01/1900Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Stour907/1889Birmingham 816
Uxbridge 247
27/05/1892
00/06/1898
ex William Clayton
Stour (m)8709/1937Birmingham 161119/11/1937FMC, Uxbridge
Swale3907/1914Brentford 33407/07/1914W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Taff (m)9103/1938Oldbury 208/05/1938ex Joseph Hale, Oldbury
Tagus2110/1910Uxbridge 451
Birmingham 1437
24/10/1910
02/06/1922
Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Tame812/1905Uxbridge 39400/12/1905FMC, Uxbridge
Tay2208/1906Uxbridge 39500/12/1905Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Tay (m)9003/1938Oldbury 108/05/1938FMC, Uxbridge
Tees4301/1898Birmingham 994
Birmingham 1129
21/01/1898
15/04/1904
FMC, Saltley
Tees (m)9206/1938Oldbury 307/07/1938FMC, Uxbridge
Teme2312/1905Uxbridge ?FMC, Uxbridge
Teviot4912/1913Uxbridge ?Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Thame07/1889Birmingham 20007/05/1879ex William Clayton
Thames9500/1949Manchester 1146*01/09/1943ex ICI, Birmingham
Thames3807/1889Birmingham 79815/01/1892ex William Clayton
Thames4112/1897Birmingham 99203/12/1897FMC, Saltley
Thames (b)12/1909Uxbridge 44200/01/1910Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Tiber8902/1938Birmingham 1614
Oldbury 18
18/02/1938
18/04/1946
ex Midland Tar Distillers, Oldbury
Towy (m)9307/1938Oldbury 405/10/1938FMC, Uxbridge
Trent3203/1893Birmingham 846
Birmingham 1126
17/03/1893
15/04/1904
FMC, Saltley
Trent07/1889Birmingham 8519/02/1879ex William Clayton
Trent (b)703/1923Brentford 41424/04/1923J. S.Watson, Gainsborough
Tweed4212/1897Birmingham 99331/12/1897FMC, Saltley
Tweed (m)3701/1938Birmingham 161318/02/1938FMC, Uxbridge
Tyne4005/1897Birmingham 983
Birmingham 1137
03/05/1897
03/05/1897
FMC, Saltley
Tyne (b)12/1924Brentford 43016/12/1924Built in Holland
Umea (m)311/1939Oldbury 705/12/1939FMC, Uxbridge
Usk709/1903Birmingham 114314/10/1904FMC, Uxbridge
Usk (m)9401/1939Oldbury 607/03/1939FMC, Uxbridge
Wear4400/1949Tamworth 716/01/1926ex ICI, Birmingham
Wear4512/1906Berkhamsted 439
Birmingham 1482
11/01/1907
22/01/1926
William Edmund Costin, Berkhamsted
Weaver4307/1914Brentford 33621/07/1914Edward Dutton,West Drayton
Weaver2607/1889Birmingham 790
Birmingham 1130
16/10/1891
06/05/1904
ex William Clayton
Welland5009/1915Brentford 345
Birmingham 1563
21/09/1915
17/05/1935
W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Witham5112/1915Brentford 35121/03/1916W. H.Walker & Brothers, Rickmansworth
Wye3807/1889Birmingham 70122/10/1889ex William Clayton
Wye3807/1889Birmingham 70122/10/1889ex William Clayton

(b) - wide boat or barge
(m) - motor narrowboat
An asterisk after the registration number indicates that details relate to the previous owner. (The early Uxbridge registers have not survived.)
As boats were replaced in the fleet, their names were regularly re-used, sometimes with the same fleet number, but sometimes with a different number.