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The Anderton Boat lift - an enthralling structure - is one of the wonders of our waterways. For those of us lucky enough to have been involved with the restoration of it, the boat lift inspires in us an immense pride, especially now seeing it fully restored.

The lift holds a fascination for those of all ages and many come just to watch in amazement at it work. However, it is not just an historic working structure, for the restored Anderton Boat lift also has a tourism role to play. The new operations centre will allow visitors to get closer to it and to interact with the operators of the lift.

To fully understand this grandfather of boat lifts, an introduction to its construction and evolution is needed and I am sure this guide to the Anderton Boat lift will help you to appreciate its colourful history and to celebrate its new future in the 21st century.

Author:       D Carden/Neil Parkhouse
ISBN:         1 903 59905 9
Publisher:   Black Dwarf
Pages:       48      Size: 210h x 210w
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Price:  £5.00
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Get a bird's-eye view of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal

Aerofilms guides feature a revolutionary form of cartography - aerial photo maps. Using vertical photography as a scale of 1:10,000 - larger than any ordinary map - these unique guides give a completely fresh perspective to the countryside.


Liverpool to Old Roan, Old Roan to New Lane, New Lane to Wigan Pier, Wigan to Chorley, Chorley to Blackburn, Blackburn to Burnley Barracks, Burnley barracks to Colne, Colne to Gargrave, Gargrave to Steeton and Silsden, Steeton and Silsden to Shipley, Shipley to Leeds.

Author:       Colin Speakman
ISBN:         0 7110 2135 X
Publisher:   Ian Allen (Pub. 1993)
Pages:       144      Size: 290h x 140w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £9.99
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As far back as the 1620's an East Anglian textile merchant suggested making the rivers Aire and Calder navigable as a way of stimulating West Yorkshire's textile trade. It took until 1699 for an act of Parliament to begin the process, but by 1704 the navigation was in operation and it has been one of Britain's most profitable inland waterways ever since.

By the early 19th century the Leeds to Goole navigation was linking up with other new waterways in the area - and generating 150% dividends for shareholders! It was at this halcyon stage in its history that perhaps the most unique aspect of the Aire and Calder was born - when William Bartholomew designed the 'Tom Pudding' compartment boats system. For more than a century these water-borne cargo trains shifted millions of tonnes annually and the Aire and Calder was one of the most important waterways in the land. It is now the only man-made waterway in Britain that continues to carry large quantities of freight.

Mike Clarke, an acknowledged expert on the Aire and Calder, has drawn on his own collection of pictures, as well as that of the Waterways Museum at Goole and other sources, to present this unique record of the navigation's history. His detailed commentary touches on every aspect of the Aire and Calder from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present day and pays affectionate tribute to a thoroughly individual waterway.

Author:       Mike Clarke
ISBN:         0 7524 1715 0
Publisher:   Tempus Publishing (Pub. 1999)
Pages:       128      Size: 235h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £9.99
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Using the river as its common thread, 'Along the River Cam' explores not only the river's history but also that of the surrounding countryside. As the Cam flows from its various sources on the chalk uplands of Cambridgeshire, Essex and Hertfordshire, through peaceful river valleys, the historic city of Cambridge and across flat and lonely fenland, its character changes. This developing character is observed through a series of anecdotal sketches, both historical and fictional, describing people and places, churches and country houses, remote farms and villages, spanning a period from prehistory to today.

Andrew Hunter Blair demonstrates his love and knowledge of the River Cam in this entertaining, thoroughly researched and fully illustrated book, which will appeal to East Anglian residents and visitors alike.

Author:       Andrew Hunter Blair
ISBN:         978 0 7509 4455 7
Publisher:   Sutton (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       144      Size: 250h x 173w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2008

Price:  £12.99
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Belmont Publications "The Working Waterways Series' Book 5

The amateur boatwomen is the 5th in our 'working waterways' series, and describes the life of one of the women who trained all-woman canal boat crews during second world war. First published in 1973, this is the first paperback edition, and it contains extra text and illustrations.

Author:       Eily Gayford
ISBN:         0 905366 333 6
Publisher:   Belmont Press (Pub. 2008)
Pages:       160      Size: A5- (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2009

Price:  £8.99
Ref W140

It was the explosion in canal building during the latter half of the 18th century that helped fuel the industrial revolution and set Great Britain firmly on the road to the industrial dominance she was to enjoy a for over a century. The country's new industries finally had a reliable and cost-effective means of transport to ship their goods around an ever more demanding Britain and to ports for transhipment to the empire.

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.

Today it is the leisure industry that is beginning to impose changes on the canals now that their value to commerce is diminished. As such this work becomes an invaluable record of canals as they were and as they are now before the onset of restoration projects changes their character once again.

The Anatomy of Canals: The Early Years, brings together the work of the acknowledged expert on canals, Anthony Burton, and couples it with the remarkable photography of Derek Pratt in telling the tale of canal development in England.

Author:       Anthony Burton/Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 7524 2137 9
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2001)
Pages:       151      Size: 250h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £16.99
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The second volume in the 'Anatomy of Canals' series charts the history of the British canal system at the height of its popularity.

Canal building that had stuttered almost to a standstill in the 1780's was revitalised in the 1790s when new schemes were suddenly being promoted with astonishing rapidity. No fewer than twenty-one 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. It was an age that was to give the canal world some of its most remarkable and dramatic features, as a new generation of engineers prepared to tackle obstacles head-on and to use the new technologies of the industrial revolution in huge civil engineering projects undertaken throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Inclined planes, aqueducts, flights of locks and tunnels all marked the construction of the canal network. Towns and cities throughout the country were linked and trade boomed as a result. The canals built in this period marked the beginnings of Britain's first integrated transport network.

In 'Anatomy of Canals The Mania Years', Anthony Burton tells the story of this exciting time for canal construction, accompanied by evocative photographs from Derek Pratt.

Author:       Anthony Burton/Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 7524 2385 1
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       160      Size: 250h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £16.99
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The final volume in the 'Anatomy of Canals' series brings the story right up to date. Canal mania hit Britain in the 1790s; when it subsided canal construction still carried on, but under the shadow of a new threat, as the first locomotives puffed their way on to transport scene. Engineers rose to the challenge by building ever more direct routes, with deep cuttings and high embankments. This was also an age of experiment, with devices such as boat lifts, culminating in the famous Anderton lift, recently restored to working order.

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 formally 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, while a new generation of engineers has produced such marvels as the Falkirk wheel.

Author:       Anthony Burton/Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 7524 2810 1
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       159      Size: 250h x 175w
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Price:  £16.99
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This book takes a detailed look at all aspects of the Anderton Boat lift's eventful life; its conception and construction; the conversion from hydraulic to electrical operation; its operation and eventual demise. It finishes, however, on a positive note, with a restoration having begun and looking forward to the role of the boat lift in the 21st century. Along the way, the author considers the industry and transport systems of the Northwich area and the Staffordshire Potteries, which led to the need for the Boat lift in the first place, considers some of the alternative methods of raising and lowering craft on inland waterways which Edward Leader Williams, engineer to the Waver Navigation Trust 1856 - 1872, first looked at, and finishes with a glimpse of the exciting new boat lift proposed to link the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals in Scotland.

Written by one of the consultant engineers closely associated with the restoration of it, this is the first detailed history of the Anderton Boat lift and, as such, will no doubt be welcomed by civil engineers, transport historians and industrial archaeologists the world over. It is profusely illustrated with over 250 maps, plans and photographs, all of which bear testament to one of the great marvels of 19th century British invention and expertise.

Author:       David Carden
ISBN:         0 9533028 6 5
Publisher:   Black Dwarf (Pub. 2000)
Pages:       180      Size: 285h x 225w
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Price:  £19.95
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Baldwins 'Working Waterways Series' Book 6

'Anderton for Orders', the 6th book in our 'working waterways' series, describes the exciting and colourful life of a teenager who gave up office work in 1950 to crew a canal boat. His fascination with every aspect of life on the canals makes it a wonderfully evocative book, full of authentic detail about narrowboat carrying.

Author:       Tom Foxon
ISBN:         0 947712 33 X
Publisher:   M & M Baldwin (Pub. 1997)
Pages:       158      Size: A5-(P)
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Price:  £8.99
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The original purpose of canals was to link industrial regions to major rivers and ports in an age when the only means of transport were pack horses and horse drawn vehicles along poor quality roads. The invention of the pound lock enabled artificial waterways to climb over hills. Built half a century before the arrival of the railways, the canals provided a watery artery for trade and commerce that made possible the industrial revolution. They remain as a constant reminder of that turning point of Britain's history when an agricultural way of life that had existed for centuries gave way to an industrial economy. This book looks at the wonderful variety of structures - bridges, aqueducts, lochs, tunnels and other waterside buildings - that made the canals work in their commercial heyday and are still enjoyed today by pleasure boaters and walkers.

Author:       Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 7478 0632 2
Publisher:   Shire (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       56      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      Sept 2005

Price:  £5.99
Ref W530H

Contents in brief

Arteries of Commerce, Key Plan to Grand Union Canal Co's system, Canal Transport's Charter, Cardinal points of canal transport, Regent's Canal Dock plan, Regent's Canal dock facilities, Principal places served by Grand Union Canal, A map of the canal system, Schedule of canal boat owners, lightermen and carriers, Classified trade index to advertisers.

Author:       Not Known
ISBN:         None
Publisher:   British Waterways
Pages:       121      Size: 285h x 225w
Entry Added/Amended:      

(was 9.95)  £6.99
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Contents in brief

Arteries of Commerce, Key Plan to Grand Union Canal Co's system, Canal Transport's Charter, Cardinal points of canal transport, Regent's Canal Dock plan, Regent's Canal dock facilities, Principal places served by Grand Union Canal, A map of the canal system, Schedule of canal boat owners, lightermen and carriers, Classified trade index to advertisers.

Author:       Not Known
ISBN:         Not Known
Publisher:   British Waterways
Pages:       121      Size: 285h x 220w
Entry Added/Amended:      

Price:  £4.99
Ref W477H
The story of the canals in the village of Braunston, Northamptonshire
Author:       David Blagrove
ISBN:         1 871918 05 7
Publisher:   Buchebroc Press
Pages:       96      Size: A5- (P)
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Price:  £6.95
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This eagerly awaited sequel to 'Watersteps' is the spellbinding story of the Coopers voyage by barge across the North Sea, East bound through flooded France, down the Rhine in full spate, through the new Rhine-Main-Danau Kanal, and down the Danube to the Black Sea.

As if floods, whirlpools and groundings were not enough, vandals cast them off in Germany, and the flooding Danube swept them inexorably downstream are like a cannon-ball on an escalator. Bureaucratic delays in Hungary pushed them over the Yugoslav border on the very day of Operation Storm. They were boarded by Serbian patrols and evaded the diesel pirates, only to become bogged down in the massive bureaucracy of Romania and Ukraine, where sailing your own boat is not yet a citizen's right.

In this breathtaking and witty account the Coopers tell of their award-winning voyage that turned out much were difficult and dangerous than any of their ocean crossings.

Author:       Bill and Laurel Cooper
ISBN:         0 7136 4637 3
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 1997)
Pages:       242      Size: A5- (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £12.99
Ref W219

The Basingstoke Canal was built towards the end of the 'great canal mania' in the 18th century. It was intended to provide a transport route to and from London via the Wey and the Thames, but the expectations of its promoters were never realised; no dividends were ever paid to the shareholders and in 1866 the Canal Company declared itself bankrupt.

After this the canal had numerous unsuccessful owners, including the new Basingstoke Canal Company, formed in 1947, which ran the canal for 20 years. However, by the late 1960s, the company was proposing to close the uneconomical navigation and sell off parts for building land. The Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society was formed to campaign for its restoration and persuaded the county councils to buy it. A partnership with the Canal Society and other voluntary bodies succeeded in reopening the canal in 1991.

The Basingstoke Canal has always enjoyed the affection of the local population and still provides a green corridor for the crowded towns of south-east England through which it now passes, as well as being a haven for wildlife.

Dieter Jebens, the principal author of this book, was a founding member of the Canal Society and edited the 'Basingstoke Canal: The case for restoration' in 1969.

Author:       Dieter Jebens & Roger Cansdale
ISBN:         978 0 7524 3103 1
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       128      Size: 236h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2007

Price:  £12.99
Ref W212

Coal mining and iron working prospered in the West Midlands in the nineteenth century, after the development of local industry, in particular metalworking and trades using coal, iron and limestone. Subsequently they grew industries in gas making, flour milling and the chemical trade, also beside the water's edge. This detailed and informative book examines the development of the Birmingham Canal Navigation and adjacent waterways, as well as discussing canal construction and the various industries on the banks of the canal.

Much of the material in this illustrated volume is from archive sources and the book discusses the use of navigable waterways, canal carrying both locally and long-distance, the linking of the canals to the railways, the use of coal in steam and gas engines, and the changes wrought by the development of electrical machinery and the road.

This is a Ray Shill's second book with Tempus Publishing; his first was 'Birmingham Canal Navigations'. He has written two other books as well as self-publishing a number of titles under Heartland press.

Author:       Ray Shill
ISBN:         0 7524 3262 1
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       224      Size: 249h x 172w
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2006

Price:  £16.99
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The Birmingham Canal Navigations lie at the heart of the British canal network and have a rich heritage that spans over two centuries. The BCN network developed over a period of 100 years and served the busiest and most concentrated industrial region of the country - earning Birmingham the nickname of 'Little Venice', industrial trade was an important influence on the BCN; its winding route and many branches were shaped by the needs of the predominant iron and coal industries, as well as the gas, chemical and glassworks.

Ray Shill examines the industrial archaeology of the network in 'The Birmingham Canal Navigations', looking at the structures, trade, work and craft on the waterway, as well as providing detailed maps of the networks of various sections. He also considers the BCNs cottage numbering system, an often overlooked but valued part of the network's heritage.

Once a busy industrial waterway, the BCN is now a place of leisure, with a hundred miles of navigation remaining, and continues to thrive as the centre of the British canal system.

Author:       Ray Shill
ISBN:         0 7524 2767 9
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       128      Size: 235h x 165w
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Price:  £12.99
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This fascinating and evocative collection of over 200 informatively captioned photographs describes the wide variety of transport systems that have operated in Birmingham from the mid-18th century to the present day - from canals to railways, trams and buses. The Grand Union Canal, a wealth of railway companies and Midland red buses are all part of the infrastructure that allowed a great industrial city to grow.

The development of private transport, motorcycles and cars is also included, together with the manufacture of Austen's at Longbridge and BSA motorcycles at Small Heath. Other small engineering firms are also included, such as Velocette - who made motorcycles at Tyseley.

Birmingham transport will be essential reading for local historians and transport enthusiasts alike.

Author:       Mike Hitches
ISBN:         0 7509 1670 2
Publisher:   Sutton Publishing (Pub. 1999)
Pages:       128      Size: 245h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £10.99
Ref G076

Using more than 200 photographs from the collections housed in Birmingham Central Library, and spanning over 100 years from the 1860s to the early 1970s, this book is an evocative reminder of the crucial role Birmingham has played at the geographical and industrial heart of England's transport history.

Not only is the city at the very heart of the country's canal, road and railways networks, it has also, over the past century and a half, been home to a wide variety of transport systems and vehicles on land, on water and in the air. From national routeways to village lanes, from corporation owned buses and trams to local commercial vehicles, a flavour of all the different forms of transport is captured in this book.

The author has written several books concerning local and transport history and, for many years, worked as a local studies librarian in Birmingham Central Library.

Author:       Keith Turner
ISBN:         0 7524 1554 9
Publisher:   Tempus Publishing (Pub. 1989)
Pages:       128      Size: 235h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £9.99
Ref W614

This book is a revised, and much expanded, version of the series of articles which first appeared in newsletter of the historic narrowboat owners Club (hNBOC).

It is not a rewrite of that which appears in many other books on boating techniques, but seeks to carry on where they leave off. Nowhere before has anyone attempted to record, in any such detail, the special skills required to navigate the craft of our narrow canals, both historic and modern, along the waterways for which they were designed - and those for which they were not! Neither have so many hints and tips, derived directly from the ways and words of the former full-time working boatmen, previously been collected in one place.

Wherever possible, the author has shown how old techniques can be used directly in the present day, and elsewhere how they can be adapted for present-day use. The pattern of waterway usage has changed from a purely commercial operation to the multi-functional system that exists today. This has presented, for the first time, potential areas of conflict between users, which the author addresses and suggests how techniques can be modified to retain their historic precedent whilst not being lost forever.

The author has more than 30 years of experience in handling boats, of all types, and in various combinations, from canoes to sailing craft, cruisers, narrowboats and barges, both for leisure and commerce, and in inland and coastal situations. The sum total of this wide range of practical and theoretical knowledge, is accordingly deeply reflected in this publication.

It is above all a practical book, and should therefore not merely be read by those with a historic interest in past navigators - for there is much of historical interest here - but also by anyone who has ever steered a boat along our inland waterways or who intend to do so in the future. There is much, in particular, which will benefit those who boat single-handedly.

Author:       Chris N.Deuchar
ISBN:         0 9531512 0 4
Publisher:   Historic N/B Owners Club
Pages:       68      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £5.00
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Baldwins 'Working Waterways Series' Book 3

This book describes the last years of regular narrowboat traffics on the Grand Union canal and connecting waterways. Its author writes with great feeling of the difficulties faced by canal carriers and boatmen in the 1960s, including the 'great freeze' of 1962/3.

Author:       David Blagrove
ISBN:         0 947712 27 5
Publisher:   M & M Baldwin (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       224      Size: A5-(P)
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

Price:  £8.99
Ref G607

From the beautiful simplicity of an ancient clapper bridge to the elegant, sweeping lines of a modern suspension bridge, these structures delight the eye and complement their surroundings.

But what we really know about them? Why and when were they built? What exactly does a particular part do? And, most importantly, why don't they fall down?

In this easy-to-follow book, Trevor Yorke uses his own illustrations, diagrams and photographs to explain the basic principles and styles of bridges so the reader can better appreciate them, recognise how they work and from what period they date.

The book is divided into four sections. The first gives the background to the subject; the second describes arched bridges; the third explains other forms of bridges and investigates viaducts and aqueducts. The 4th section is a quick reference guide with a list of bridges to visit and a glossary to explain any unfamiliar terms.

Author:       Stan Yorke
ISBN:         978 1 84674 079 4
Publisher:   Countryside Books (Pub. 2008)
Pages:       160      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2008

Price:  £7.99
Ref W512


The Bridgewater Canal - In the beginning, Three Canal Kings, From Pennington Flash to Worsley Old Hall, Worsley - The start of the great enterprise, Worsley to Manchester via Barton and Trafford Park, Stretford to Dunham Massey via Sale and the Bollin aqueduct, Agden bridge to Stockton Heath via Lymm and Grappenhall, Stockton Heath to Preston Brook via Daresbury, Preston Brook to Runcorn via Norton Priory, The Bridgewater's Recent History and Relations with the Manchester Ship Canal, The Ellesemere Port Boat Museum.

Author:       Ron & Marlene Freethy
ISBN:         1 85926 070 5
Publisher:   Arora Publishing
Pages:       92      Size: 200h x 210w
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Price:  £9.95
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The painted decoration of the old working boats on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal was one of the most colourful of Britain's folk traditions. It was last undertaken professionally in the early 1960s, but despite this being less than 50 years ago, no record of its origins and styles had been written until this book was published. The two authors could not be more suitable - Mike Clarke has already published many books and articles about the canal's history after having lived on a traditional wooden boat on the canal for five years, while Sam Bates served his time as a boat builder at Hodson's Boatyard at Whitebirk, near Blackburn, and undertook all the traditional decorative painting for several years before traffic on the canals mainline ceased in 1963

. The book looks at the variation in style along the canal, as there were differences between the traditions in Lancashire and Yorkshire. It then considers the origins, looking at other traditional boat and house decoration across Europe and comparing them to what was found on the canal. Finally, work at Hodson's Boatyard is considered in detail and compared to other yards along the canal, with examples of the designs and colours used. After reading this book, it should be possible for the tradition to be better appreciated and, hopefully, used on pleasure boats on the canal today.

Author:       Mike Clark & Sam Yates
ISBN:         0 9519236 2 5
Publisher:   Milepost Research (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       89      Size: 170h x 250w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2009

Price:  £16.50
BRISTOL AVON, THE: A Pictorial History BRISTOL AVON, THE: A Pictorial History
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The Bristol Avon rises in Gloucestershire, its Sherston and Tetbury branches uniting at the Wiltshire market town of Malmesbury. After flowing through Chippenham, Lacock, Melksham and Bradford-on-Avon, the river runs hrough the Limpley Stoke valley on its way to Bath in Somerset. Well known for its architecture, and steeped in history, Bath is the first city encountered on the river's journey. Bristol, famous for its ships and seafarers, is the second. From there, the river passes under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and through the spectacular Avon gorge to the Severn estuary at Avonmouth.

Made navigable between Bath and Bristol during 1724-7 the Bristol Avon was linked to London in 1810, when the Bath Newbury section of the Kennet and Avon Canal was completed. Formerly used by working craft, the navigation between the two cities now provides pleasure boaters with an enjoyable cruise. Bristol's Floating Harbour is a haven for both inland and sea-going vessels.

In this nostalgic collection of well-captioned prints and photographs, the author examines life along the Bristol Avon over the centuries. Town and village scenes, as well as mills, bridges and locks, are featured, while the illustrations of craft on the river show rowing boats, sailing vessels, narrowboats, cargo ships, paddle steamers and pilot skiffs. Fascinating 19th century engravings and early 20th century postcards show Bristol as it was before the old city was bombed during the Second World War. This charming new study of the Bristol Avon will be of great interest not only to residents, river users and visitors to the area, but also to those who are researching their family history in the communities along its banks.

Author:       Josephine Jeremiah
ISBN:         1 86077 362 1
Publisher:   Phillimore (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       134      Size: 252h x 195w
Entry Added/Amended:      December 2007

Price:  £15.99
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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 which helped to foster the industrial revolution. The period known as the 'canal age' is portrayed, and the impact of railway competition is discussed. The decline of canals is then analysed alongside attempts to modernise parts of the system for freight use up to the twentieth century. That century saw further decline but with some growth in pleasure boating and, after post-war nationalisation, the transformation of much of the historic system into a second 'canal age' dominated by leisure use; many waterways were revived and restored.

When the late Charles Hadfield wrote the first edition of 'British Canals', it was acclaimed as a pioneering work of transport history. 'The Spectator' prophesied that 'as a canal history' it is unlikely to be superseded. In subsequent editions the book was updated and extended to include Irish waterways and to take account of new discoveries and developments, so that it also related to the history of a major leisure asset. Joseph Boughey has now totally rewritten the account of both the earliest period and the twentieth century, and has substantially enlarged the coverage of pleasure boating and canal boatpeople.

Whether your interests are professional, academic or enthusiast, or whether you are a historian, boater, walker or student of the environment, this book provides an essential companion to all who want to discover more about the inland waterways of Britain and Ireland and their history.

Author:       Joseph Boughey and Charles Hadfield
ISBN:         978 0 7524 4667 7
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2008)
Pages:       319      Size: 243h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      July 2008

Price:  £25.00
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Author:       Edward Paget-Tomlinson
ISBN:         1 84306 173 2
Publisher:   Landmark (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       160      Size: 252h x 165w
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(was 19.99)  £12.99
Ref W034

This book was originally published under the title of 'Britain's Lost Waterways' in 1979. This edition brings together the previous two volumes ('Inland Navigations' and 'Navigations to the Sea').

The text remains as pertinent today as it did in 1979, although of course, some of the canals have been restored and others, such as the Montgomery Canal, are slowly "getting there", sometimes with significant volunteer input. The text has not been amended in such cases; the view being taken that it highlights the changes in the last quarter of the century. The images, of course, remain as interesting as ever.

Author:       Michael E. Ware
ISBN:         1 84306 181 3
Publisher:   Landmark (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       136      Size: 245h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2005

Price:  £14.99
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Author:       Michael E. Ware
ISBN:         0 06190 327 7
Publisher:   Moorland Publishing
Pages:       189      Size: 255h x 200w
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Price:  £18.00
Ref W047

Originally published in 1978 as 'Canals Revived' this new book has been considerably extended to bring the story up-to-date.

It looks at the problems facing enthusiasts as the canal network deteriorated with the end of commercial activity. It describes the work undertaken to restore individual canals to a 'fit for purpose' condition in order to serve a recreational need that has boomed in recent years. This book is the definitive work on the restoration of Britain's canal network. This book is well illustrated photographs, including many from Harry Arnold collection.

Author:       Roger Squires
ISBN:         978 1 84306 331 5
Publisher:   Landmark (Pub. 2007)
Pages:       192      Size: 246h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2007

Price:  £16.99
Ref W590H

In the early 1950s, Vivian Bird decided to travel by working canal boat from Birmingham to the sea along each of the four possible routes - to the estuaries of the Thames, Severn, Humber and Mersey. The virtual disappearance of canal transport means that such a project has now been impossible for years.

In this book he describes his experiences in an informed and entertaining style. He travelled on a variety of craft, from an estuarial barge to a converted narrowboat, on a variety of waterways, and succeeds in interesting us in all of them. Country and town, estuary and backwater, derelict tunnel and thriving dock - Bird explored them all and gives us a valuable and enjoyable tale of his wanderings.

Vivian Bird was born at Warwick in 1910, came to Birmingham in 1917 and has lived there ever since. He was educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Camp Hill, and Alsager College, Cheshire. After five years war service and a spell of teaching he joined the Birmingham Post and Mail in 1951, retiring in 1975 having been Feature Writer of the Birmingham Weekly Post, and the Sunday Mercury for which he still writes. He writes regular book reviews in the Birmingham Post and has had a 'Bird's Eye View' page in Warwickshire & Worcestershire life since 1976. He is in considerable demand as a public speaker.

Mr Bird walked 50 miles on his 50th birthday, and pioneered the nationally famous Six Shropshire Summits Walk. Fairly well travelled, he has visited Ireland 75 times and slept in all 32 counties. He is married with a son and twin daughters, and lives at Hall Green, Birmingham. In 1984 he was awarded the OBE.

Author:       Vivian Bird
ISBN:         0 947712 06 2
Publisher:   M & M Baldwin (Pub. 1988)
Pages:       208      Size: A5+ (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005

(was 12.95)  £6.99
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