The latest quarterly magazine from the publishers of Waterways World, unfortunately there has been an increase in the price by over £1.
by Allan Scott-Davies.
This book delves into the darkest criminal cases to occur or be associated with the canals and inland waterways of Britain, including many high-profile murders and assaults.
Among the cases featured are the notorious Victorian baby farmers who used the waterways to dispose of unfortunate infants, the horrific murder of Christina Collins in 1839, the inspiration for Inspector Morse’s The Wench Is Dead, and the nefarious deeds of Burke and Hare who both worked on the Union Canal.
Soft back. 159 pages. 15.6cms x 23.3cms approx. Illustrated with black & white photos and drawings. Price £12.99p and can be ordered here.
by Kirsten Elliott.
The Kennet & Avon Canal was the wonder of its age, a broad waterway built across southern England as a trade route between the country’s two biggest ports – London and Bristol. 30 years after it was completed, Brunel’s Great Western Railway opened, robbing it of much of its traffic.
Two hundred years after the first cargoes sailed along it, and twenty years on from its grand reopening, this book pays tribute to the canal that refused to die.
Soft back. 203 pages. 24cms x 20.7cms approx. Colour and black & white photos throughout.
Price £20 and can be ordered here.
by Ivor Jones.
The Glamorganshire Canal ran 25 miles from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff, while the shorter Aberdare Canal ran from Aberdare to Abercynon where it joined the former. Now much buried by the A470 trunk road, these lost canals nonetheless boast a proud history.
They enabled the area to become rich and Cardiff to prosper as they connected Glamorganshire iron works and collieries with towns and ports, as well as allowing the export of materials such as limestone, tinplate and bricks.
Price £14.99p and can be ordered here.
From the publishers of ‘Canal Boat’ magazine and covering all aspects of buying a boat, with chapters on types of boat, buying new and second hand, the shell and hull, sailaways, planning the layout, engines, electrics, plumbing, shared ownership, moorings, insurance and rules & regulations.
Price £4.95p and can be ordered here.
The 9th edition of this guide from Pearsons. There has been a slight change to the area covered in this edition, the River Weaver is now in, but the Erewash and everything east of Sawley is now out. This part will now be included in a new East Midlands guide, but I do not know the publication date of this one yet.
Price £9.75p and can be ordered here.
A Journey Down the River Nene.
From its source near Daventry to its meeting with the Wash, the River Nene is full of surprises. Watch the Nene grow from a meandering country stream to a broad Fenland river, and explore the history of the towns and villages that have grown on its banks.
Running time: approx 55 mins. PAL format.
Price £14.99 and can be found here.
As announced in last month’s Waterways World magazine, this plaque is now available.
Demand for this plaque has exceeded the amount supplied, but more will be arriving soon. My apologies for any delays but plaques will be dispatched as soon as they are available.
The price is £6.25p plus P&P and can be found here.
The latest plaque to appear is for the Grand Western Canal in Devon, opened in 1814.
These plaque measure approx 9 x 6.5 cms. Price £6.25p and can be ordered here.
by Geoffrey Lewis.
This second canal story for younger readers picks up the tale of young Jess Carter where the first book left off. We go with Jess and Luke south to Uxbridge, where their new boat is being built, and then travel with them as they make their way back towards Birmingham and the Thomas Clayton Ltd yard at Oldbury.
As well as having mechanical difficulties, they also meet a friendly and vaguely mysterious Dutchman, travelling the canals for his Amsterdam newspaper.
Soft back. 135 pages. Price £6.99p and available here.