Fabulous ‘Francis’

Catherine Golding meets ‘Francis’ – young, slim and in great condition – a real character, who she is keen to introduce…

Francis, the Traditional Stern narrowboat in Wenlock Basin, N1Sitting area – Wharf Road, Wenlock Basin, N1Well, this is a first for me. Being asked to describe to you the delights of ‘Francis’. Let me introduce Francis. ‘Francis’ is a beautiful 57ft, traditional Stern narrowboat, which is moored at Wenlock Basin, Wharf Road in N1 and is on the market with fyfe mcdade.

Wenlock Basin is a secure residential mooring on the Regent’s Canal and it’s home to this extremely luxurious, high-specification narrow boat called Francis. Francis would be perfect as a pied-à-terre, London holiday home or ‘liveaboard’.

It is in great condition: built in 1999 and newly refitted to a very high standard in 2017 it has new features throughout. In that year its superstructure and decks Study area – Wharf Road, Wenlock Basin, N1were professionally painted, the hull blacked and the Shire engine serviced. It also holds a full safety certificate, which is valid until 2022.

Entered from either end the boat has an engine room, spacious bedroom with double bed, wardrobes and cupboards all built-in. Next there is a newly-fitted bathroom with bathtub and overhead shower. This leads on to the open-plan living space – which features a new reception/dining area with bespoke sapele bookshelves, radiators throughout, a traditional log burner – and finally on to the newly-tiled Fired Earth kitchen with four-ring gas hob, electric oven and fridge freezer.

So why not take the bull by the horns and try a different way of living while still having the hustle and bustle of the city on your doorstep – if boats have doorsteps?

Well, I was pleased to meet Francis and as you can see there’s plenty to like – why not come aboard and see for yourself.

“Francis would be perfect as a pied-à-terre, London holiday home or ‘liveaboard’”

Wharf Road, Wenlock Basin, N1

Sitting area – Wharf Road, Wenlock Basin, N1Price: £135,000
Agent: fyfe mcdade
Tel: 020 7354 4044


Wenlock Basin is a secure and private mooring situated close to Angel station, Upper Street, Islington Green and Old Street.
Landscaped trees, bushes and plants run the length of its jetty with good-sized areas for socialising.
Each mooring is provided with its separately metered shore power, from this your water, electricity and telephone/Wi-Fi can be accessed.
Mooring fees are £2,300 per quarter, including VAT. Pets are not permitted due to the mooring’s status as a bird preservation area.