Glascote Fender Makers (operated by Norton Canes Boatbuilders) is headed up by fender maker Phil English. Specialising in hand made rope fenders, mooring lines, ropes, chain and shackles using only the highest quality materials.


Moving to Glascote has allowed us to expand our boat fitting services and be far more flexible around customer preferences. For some, it’s the one-stop-shop that appeals, where we can take you all the way from baseplate to button fender; for others, it’s about bringing us on board for a full or partial fit out of their choice of shell. Either way, they get that renowned Norton Canes quality from start to finish – woodworking, electrics, plumbing, engine fitting, and painting – and plenty of helpful advice, guidance and design input throughout the project.

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We use solid materials in our fit outs, and all our cabinetry is completely bespoke, hand-made and beautifully fitted, with as much care taken on the bits you can’t see as on those you can! We’re proud not to be a production line: instead we concentrate on a few customer-pleasing jobs each year, which is why you won’t see us at Crick – but you will see us from time to time being reviewed in the pages of Canal Boat magazine.

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Norton Canes Boatbuilders are able to offer a comprehensive brokerage service at our Glascote Basin site nr. Tamworth. Our knowledgeable staff are highly experienced in selling boats and can guide customers through every stage of the purchasing and selling process. We ensure that all viewings undertaken are accompanied by a member of staff.

Boats are marketed to the highest standards on popular sales websites and our own site, we also advertise in the major waterways publications. Each advertisement has high quality photographs, a detailed layout plan and extensive craft specification.

We charge 5% (+VAT) commission on the final sale price of the boat and offer free moorings in our basin whilst the boat is for sale with us.

We have a full range of facilities on site for potential purchasers; surveys, blacking and repairs can be undertaken in our covered dry dock and our friendly knowledgeable team is always on hand to lend advice.

If you are interested in selling your boat, please contact Sarah on 07793 026669 / 01827 311317 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Glascote Basin Boatyard offers a professional and friendly service for all your new and used boat sale enquiries. We have an easy accessable dry dock for surveys and a fully equiped working yard for any of your extra needs.


In 1986 Graham took over the running of Norton Canes from Malcolm Braine, Malcolm had almost reached job number 1000, so Graham decided to number his craft starting with No. 1001. The first boat that was built under his ownership, Tilbury, was given this number.