LOL...I'm so sorry but I have no idea what or where those places you spoke of are... London is a Very large place, and I live on the edge of a tiny town, and even tinier rural village 20 miles outside of the city... ..but I'm pleased you enjoyed your time here, I tend to just know all the usual well known areas of London..I love all of the cool old buildings around London. I liked going to the Shacklewell Arms and The Victoria Dalston for shows when I was in London last year.
Yes they've been around for at least 200 years, but not as homes or recreation vehicles as they are now, but working vehicles used to carry all sorts of goods but mainly coal and flour, from one end of the country to the other, before train tracks and roads were laid as they are today, narrowboats and barges were the ideal way to get large quantities of essential goods transported directly up and down country.. Over the decades they've become more and more iconic, rarely ever used for transporting wares, and almost all are homes of one type or another. Some much larger than others.Thank you, Hollydolly for information about the boats.
Have they been around for a long time?
Not a present day fad like RVs here.
There are house boats on a bay off Lake Erie , PA.
They are passed down to the next generation.
Actually houses on pontoons or floats of some sort.
Believe they are stationery.
We have a firehouse about the same distance away here, but ours isn't picture worthy. It's very austere and functional, however I do like having the fire station so close to us even if we do have to hear sirens from time to time.