Navvy poets. Have you heard of such a thing?

National Railway Museum blog

If we think of a railway navvy, a few choice adjectives come to mind. I would hazard a guess that “erudite”, “literate” and “religious” were not among those chosen. However, we have recently acquired an intriguing collection of poetry by self-proclaimed railway navvy, William Garratt, where these adjectives would appear very appropriate.

Book of poetry by William Garratt, a railway navvy. Printed Coventry by Herald Office around 1882. Book of poetry by William Garratt, a railway navvy. Printed Coventry by Herald Office around 1882.

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