Roses and castles are the traditional elements of Canal Art used to decorate the narrow boats and their equipment. Castles were usually shown with water and trees, each painter making his own original painting following the basic traditional design. This style of decoration is similar to the artwork on traditional gypsy caravans. The canal art pictures have been used by schools to depict in part the life and work of the Bargees, who were the early transporters of coal and goods on the canals, before the faster railway system reduced the commercial use of the canals. Canal Art is still used to decorate working boats and pleasure boats on the canals and now also as a decorative art in its own right.
See also Roses