Imogen Stubbs recalls the rats in her childhood barge home
News today that Imogen Stubbs and her partner, actor Jonathan Guy Lewis, are living near the River Thames at Chiswick, and that has meant Imogen has returned to be near where she lived as child. Her home overlooks the stretch of the river where her parents brought her up aboard the wooden sailing barge, Cetus. She says that people thought they were being “stupefyingly irresponsible” to bring up her and her brother in the barge which had rats in the bilges, silverfish in the bath, and a dustbin bag as a lavatory when they first got it.
She describes it as a “Huckleberry Finn childhood”.