Edith May on the TV programme Bygones

Lower Halstow villagers to welcome the sailing barge Westmoreland’s restoration


The parish council of North Kent’s Lower Halstow have voted to allow the sailing barge Westmoreland to be restored at the village’s quay – the same spot where the SB Edith May was recently brought back to life, and where she still moors much of the time.

The news comes from the Thames Sailing Barge Westmoreland Facebook page, which reports that the parish’s representatives voted to offer the brick-carrying vessel and famous racer a berth for the next 25 years, provided it is successful with our Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

The Westmoreland is closely associated with Lower Halstow – she was built at nearby Conyer, and carried bricks from the village’s brickworks for many years.


1972 film of the Edith May

It comes after the introduction, which is from a more modern programme, but even that’s out of date… The Edith May is now very much in sailing condition, and doing well in racing too.

My thanks to the Thames Sailing Barge Trust’s Mick Nolan.