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Book - Life on the Canal Book - Life on the Canal Ref: 2615
by Anthony Burton.

This book is like an introduction to the canals, with a two page spread covering each of the following:-

building the canals, the early years, narrow boats, working the boats, cargo and carriers, the maintenance men, the lock keeper, the back cabin, canal children, passenger boats, broad boats, power on the canals, idle women and end of the canal age. Single pages on important dates, the canal age, places to visit and a glossary.

Soft back. 32 pages. 17.2cms x 24cms approx. Illustrated with mainly sepia photos.

Price: 4.99



Book - Navvies (History's Most Dangerous Jobs) Book - Navvies (History's Most Dangerous Jobs) Ref: 2619
by Anthony Burton.

This is the story of the men who built Britain's canals and railways - not the engineers and the administrators, but the ones who provided the brawn and muscle.

Anthony looks at who these men were, where they came from - and destroys the myth that they were all Irish. It is a story full of drama, but above all one of great achievement.

Soft back. 160 pages. Some black & white photos.

Price: 12.99



Book - West Midland Canals, Severn, Avon & Birmingham Through Time Book - West Midland Canals, Severn, Avon & Birmingham Through Time Ref: 2552
by Ray Shill.

This book is a study of waterways infrastructure and investigates through images and maps how the present midland network of canal and river navigations was put together. Many might have disappeared by now, were it not for a unique set of circumstances and a British passion for the past.

Soft back. 96 pages. 16.5cms x 23.4cms approx. Colour and black & white photos.

Save £1.50p on the publisher's price of £14.99p.

Price: 13.49



Book - Canal 250 Book - Canal 250 Ref: 2431
by Anthony Burton.

This book tells the story of 250 years of history on the canals and of the people who made and used them. It describes the great engineers and the industrialists who promoted the canals they built.

It also tells the story of the anonymous navvies who dug the canals, the men and women who ran the boats and the workers who kept the canals running.

Covering the entire history of the canal network, from the glorious early days, through the years of decline, up to the subsequent revival of the canals as leisure routes.

Hard back. 192 pages. 17.9 cms x 25.5cms approx. Illustrated in colour and black & white.

Price: 17.99



Book - Silent Highways Book - Silent Highways Ref: 2357
by Ray Shill.

This fascinating book delves into the forgotten history of the Midlands and border canal infrastructure, including the Grand Union, Staffs & Worcs, Stourbridge, Stratford, Trent & Mersey and Worcs & Birmingham canals amongst others.

This illustrated history recognises the skill of the engineers who designed and built them and had such an influence on the waterways in this region.

Soft back. 192 pages. 17.2cms x 24.8cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photos and diagrams.

Price: 16.99



Book - Canal Crimes Book - Canal Crimes Ref: 2237
by R.H. Davies.

Covering an area from Liverpool to London, Canal Crimes explores the whole range of criminal activity on Britain's Waterways during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Rape, murder, theft, prostitution, child abuse - the canals have seen it all, and this book gives the reader a chance to hear the voices of the witnesses, the legal teams, and the accused, by reproducing the authentic transcripts from the Old Bailey and contemporary newspapers.

Soft back. 157 pages. 17.1cms x 24.5cms approx. Illustrated in black & white.

Price: 14.99



Book - Heritage Waterways Book - Heritage Waterways Ref: 1607
by Keith Langston.

A book looking at various aspects of the waterways, from steam powered narrowboats and the BW heritage fleet, through waterways such as the Broads, Irish waterways, Weaver etc, to information about the various bodies whicjh oversee the waterways etc AINA, IWA, AWCC.

Too much to describe in a few words here!

Soft back. 130 pages, 21cms x 29.7cms approx, Illustrated with mainly colour photos.

Price: 6.99



Book - Canal & River Navigations Book - Canal & River Navigations Ref: 1449
by Edward Paget-Tomlinson.

The second edition of this excellent reference book won the author the Library Association McColdin Medal in 1993 for the Oustanding Reference Book of the Year. This, the third edition, has been reprinted with minor text alterations and a significant amount of new photos.

Chapters in the book cover topics such as Events in Waterways History, Waterway Engineering, Canal & River Navigations, Boatbuilding, Canal & River Craft, Carrying, Carriers and Engineers and Personalities.

Soft back. 384 pages. 21cms x 29.7cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photos and drawings. 3rd edition, 2006.

Original price £24.99 - Now Reduced.

Price: 14.99



Book - English Canals Explained Book - English Canals Explained Ref: 835
by Stan Yorke.

The main aim of this book is to explain how everything works - from locks and lifts, to tunnels and towpaths.

The book is divided into 3 clear sections. The first describes the history of the canals, the second looks at their structures and features, and the third suggests special sites of interest around the country, which can be visited on foot or by boat.

Soft back. 128 pages. 14.8cms x 21cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photographs and drawings.

Price: 7.95



Book - Canal Builders Book - Canal Builders Ref: 1302
by Anthony Burton.

His long established book tells the history of the men who were involved in the creation of the canal network across Britain. Those involved in the concept, design, engineering and construction process of the canals were a mixed bunch of classes and personalities, from the initial promoters and opposers to the talented engineers, men like James Brindley and Thomas Telford.

This illustrated and richly researched volume draws on a wealth of archive material to present a story with as many twists and turns as any canal.

Soft back, 192 pages, 17.3cms x 24.8cms approx, photos, maps and drawings.

4th edition, 2005.

Price: 16.99



Book - Building Britain's Canals Book - Building Britain's Canals Ref: 825
by David Gladwin.

Every year more and more enthusiasts take to Britain's canals and there is an increased interest in their preservation and maintenance.

This fully illustrated book explains how Britain's canals were built and will appeal to those enthusiasts who would like further information on the history of canals.

Soft back. 136 pages. 21.1cms x 14.9cms approx. Black & white photos.

Price: 8.99



Book - Canal Mania Book - Canal Mania Ref: 757
by Anthony Burton.

Explores over 200 years of British waterways history, and tells the stories of the great engineers, from James Brindley through to William Jessop and Thomas Telford. Includes archive illustrations and detailed architectural drawings.

Canal Mania reached a peak in 1793 when no fewer than 21 new canals were authorized by Act of Parliament, and the story of these '1793 canals' forms the core of this book.

Hard back. 240 pages. 23.8cms x 27.2cms approx. Colour and black & white photos.

Original price £18.99p

Price: 14.99


Book - British Canals h/b (9th ed.) Book - British Canals h/b (9th ed.) Ref: 1873
by Joseph Boughey and Charles Hadfield.

This book has been the standard history of the canals of Britain and Ireland for nearly sixty years. For this ninth edition, Joseph Boughey has comprehensively rewritten the text and brought the story into the twenty-first century.

The study begins with the river navigations, and the growth of canals. The period known as the Canal Age is portrayed, and the impact of railway competition is discussed. The decline of canals is then discussed, followed by the growth in leisure boating which saw many waterways revived and restored.

Hard back, 319 pages, 16.2cms x 24.1cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photos and drawings.

Price: 25.00



Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Early Years) Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Early Years) Ref: 524
by Anthony Burton & Derek Pratt.

Beginning his chronicle in the late 18th century, Anthony Burton conveys the original character of the waterways of England and traces their development through the great changes wrought by the early Industrial Revolution. He reflects on how the natural landscape and new engineering techniques gave rise to the structures that we can still see on the canals today.

He focuses on the demands made by the various businesses interested in exploiting the waterways of England to their commercial advantage and their own peculiar impact on the canal system.

Coupled with the remarkable photography of Derek Pratt, it tells the tale of canal development in England.

Softback, 160 pages. 17.2cms x 24.8cms approx.

Price: 16.99



Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Mania Years) Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Mania Years) Ref: 653
by Anthony Burton & Derek Pratt.

The second volume in the 'Anatomy of Canals' series charts the history of the British canal system at the height of its popularity. No fewer than 21 Canal Acts were passed in 1793 alone, and this early part of the decade became known as the time of Canal Mania.

From the 1790s to the 1820s most of the canal network in the United Kingdom was constructed.. Inclined planes, aqueducts, flights of locks and tunnels all marked the construction of the canal network.

Softback, 160 pages. 17.2cms x 24.8cms approx.

Price: 16.99



Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Decline & Renewal) Book - The Anatomy of Canals (Decline & Renewal) Ref: 711
by Anthony Burton & Derek Pratt.

The final volume in the series brings the story right up to date.

Competition from rail and later road forced many canals into closure, and a large section of the old system seemed doomed to crumble away into terminal decay. Then came a new industry: the canal leisure industry, and with it the birth of the restoration movement.

This volume looks at what has been achieved and how the new compares with the old. Cities such as Birmingham, which formerly seemed to regard canals as supermarket trolley parks, have now been won over and have made the old canals part of a lively rejuvenation programme.

Softback, 159 pages. 12.2cms x 24.8cms approx. Colour and black & white photographs.

Price: 16.99



Book - Boats, Smoke, Steam and Folk Book - Boats, Smoke, Steam and Folk Ref: 824
by Robert Davies.

Exploring the canals of the Midlands, this book, with maps and detailed walks, will encourage the reader to move from his armchair and into this living piece of history. It also answers some of the many questions asked today about our canal network: Who did all the work; when and why were they built; what was it like to work on canals, either repairing them or moving goods about.

Also included are interviews and memories of those who worked the canals, albeit in the twilight years of the fifties and sixties when road transport was taking over the role of moving bulky loads around the country.

Soft back. 128 pages. 17.2cms x 24.8cms approx. Black & white drawings and photos.

Price: 11.99



Book - Canal Coins Book - Canal Coins Ref: 418
by Stanley Holland.

Others have touched briefly on this subject, but Stanley is the first to tackle it in such depth. His extensively illustrated book covers the whole range of British waterway numismatics (tokens, ferry tickets, medallions etc) and includes a sample of overseas coins and medals with waterway interest. He even looks at the related subject, never before explored, of Britain's official canal badges and buttons.

Soft back, 72 pages, 14.9cms x 21cms approx, 135 photos.

Price: 5.00



Book - West Midlands Canals Book - West Midlands Canals Ref: 2225
by R.H. Davies.

Beginning with the early days of canals in the West Midlands, Robert follows the changing patterns of these waterways over 200 years of history, through the experiences and voices of the people who lived and worked along the canal banks.

Also looking at the boat builders, including Waltons Boatyard, the tub-boat canals of Shropshire and the Ocker Hill BCN depot. The book brings the story up to date with the recent Dudley Canal celebrations, including the 150th anniversary at Netherton Tunnel.

Soft back. 128 pages. 16.5cms x 23.5cms approx. Black & white illustrations.

Price: 12.99




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