The Pill Hobblers

Episode 15 The Pill Hobblers



Helen Mark explores the world of the Pill Hobblers - the boat men who for centuries have risked their lives to keep ships safe on the River Avon. The Pill Hobblers are known to have existed from at least the 17th century and still provide the linesmen who handle the lines for all shipping coming through the locks and onto the quaysides at Avonmouth and Royal Portbury Docks. Alongside the `Pill Pilots' - the navigators who guided ships through the waters - the Hobblers of today still work much as they did hundreds or years ago, working the ropes to secure and release ships into the Bristol Channel. Last in the series.