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Waterways Catalog : Waterways (Inland) : Inland Waterways Books - Titles C to D

CALDER AND HEBBLE NAVIGATION, THE CALDER AND HEBBLE NAVIGATION, THE
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The River Calder rises in the Pennines north of Todmorden and flows to Sowerby Bridge and Salterhebble where it receives the Hebble Brook. The river then flows through Elland, Brighouse, Muirfield and Dewsbury before reaching the Aire & Calder Navigation at Wakefield. The river was made navigable in the 1770s and soon after, with the construction of the Rochdale, Huddersfield, and Huddersfield Narrow canals, became part of the Mersey-Humber trade routes. Trade was brisk for many years but by the 1940s the canal was in decline; the Halifax branch was closed and surrounding canals abandoned. However, commercial traffic on the fig navigation soldiered on until 1981, when shipments to Thornhill power station ceased. Illustrated within the pages of 'The Calder & Hebble Navigation' are over 200 images of canal boats (both horse-drawn and motor powered), items of canal furniture and activity on the navigation's many wharfs.


Author:       Mike Taylor
ISBN:         0 7524 2755 5
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       128      Size: 235h x 165w
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Price:  £12.00
CANAL CANAL
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Canals are part of the heritage of the British Isles, whether meandering timelessly past glorious countryside or amidst warehouses and wharves with origins at the heart of industrial revolution two centuries or so ago. Much to be seen on canals is old and has a charm and beauty of its own; a little, where motorways and modern office blocks have penetrated canal territory, is new with seemingly ugly intrusions contrasting starkly with mellowing 19th century canal settings.

Superb photographs by Derek Pratt and evocative descriptive text by Anthony Burton show how yesterday's industrial buildings become today's structures of beauty, and how waterways built for commerce now visually fit so easily into the landscapes they provide not only the vivid record of the canals of the present that give a fresh rewarding insight into a bygone era for all who spend their leisure on or by inland waterways.


Author:       Anthony Burton/Derek Pratt
ISBN:         0 7153 7941 0
Publisher:   David & Charles
Pages:       96      Size: 250h x 235w
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Price:  £7.99
CANAL AND INLAND CRUISING CANAL AND INLAND CRUISING
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A invaluable illustrated guide for anyone using a boat on the 2000 miles of navigable inland waterways that criss-cross England and Wales. Expert John Gagg gives practical advice on boats and their operation, living onboard, locks, bridges, tunnels, aqueducts, wildlife, waterside pubs and landmarks and much, much more.


Author:       John Gagg
ISBN:         0 85429 698 0
Publisher:   Haynes
Pages:       168      Size: 260h x 215w
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Price:  £14.95
CANAL AND RIVER CRUISING CANAL AND RIVER CRUISING
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Second Edition

Getting onto the water couldn't be simpler: you just hire a boat. But what sort of boat? How do you handle and maintain it, and how do you maneuver it through locks, tunnels and swing bridges? How far can you go, and what should you take with you on the trip? If you get really keen, how should you go about buying your own boat?

'Canal and River Cruising' answers all these questions and more. Written by an expert, and produced in collaboration with the Inland Waterways Association, it is a concise, authoritative guide to the practical aspects of cruising canals and navigable rivers. It gives you all the information you need to ensure that you and your crew have a great time, wherever you go on the waterways network.


Author:       Sheila Davenport
ISBN:         1 898660 45 X
Publisher:   Fernhurst Books
Pages:       48      Size: 220h x 185w
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Price:  £7.95
CANAL AND RIVER SECTIONS OF THE AIRE AND CALDER NAVIGATION: THE CANAL AND RIVER SECTIONS OF THE AIRE AND CALDER NAVIGATION: THE
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Since the early 1700s the Aire and Calder Navigation has held the position of Britain's most successful inland waterway, competing realistically with the railways after their arrival constantly upgrading its 'track' and carrying cargoes to this day. This book depicts both the waterway itself and its furniture as well as the large variety of vessels using it. These include Tom Puddings, steam tugs, diesel tugs and barges ranging from small, un-powered, wooden craft to large, sophisticated, diesel-engined, steel vessels.
Author:       Mike Taylor
ISBN:         1 903425 37 9
Publisher:   Wharncliffe Books (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       144      Size: 232h x 158w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2008


Price:  £9.99
CANAL ARCHITECTURE CANAL ARCHITECTURE
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Shire Album 158


Author:       Peter L. Smith
ISBN:         0 7478 0169 X
Publisher:   Shire Publications
Pages:       32      Size: A5 (P)
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Price:  £2.50
CANAL COINS CANAL COINS
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From the Foreword by Charles Hadfield

We are indebted to Stanley Holland and his publisher. To collect canal coins and medallions is to open a door to a world where we can handle the past, meet real people there doing ordinary things, and so experience the ordinary becoming extraordinary beneath our fingers.


Author:       Stanley Holland
ISBN:         Not Known
Publisher:   M & M Baldwin
Pages:       71      Size: A5- (P)
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Price:  £5.00
CANAL LIFTS AND INCLINES OF THE WORLD CANAL LIFTS AND INCLINES OF THE WORLD
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Navigable canals usually used locks to change level. However, boats were also hauled up and down inclines from the earliest times, while vertical boat lifts were developed towards the end of the 18th century.

Across the world, many lochs were built, but comparatively few inclines and lifts. This book considers the development of inclines and lifts and includes several interesting contemporary German descriptions which have not been published in English before. It also forms a guide to those who wish to visit both the remains of those which have closed, and those which are still in operation.


Author:       Mike Clarke
ISBN:         095431811 0
Publisher:   Internat (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       160      Size: 248h x 164w
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2009



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CANAL MANIA CANAL MANIA
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Today, the phrase 'canal mania' suggests an enthusiasm for Britain's magnificent legacy of man-made waterways and a relish for chugging along at a leisurely pace through the British countryside. But two centuries ago, 'canal mania' took a very different form; for the new canals were then seen as arteries of industry and trade which would carry prosperity to every corner of the realm, ushering in a new golden age. The 'canal maniacs' of the day were obsessed, not only by the Utopian prospects opened up by this revolution in transport, but also by the opportunities it provided for speculative gain.

Canal mania reached a peak in 1793, in which year no fewer than 21 new canals were authorised by Act of Parliament, and the story of these '1793 canals' forms the core of this book. Around the framework provided by these canals, Anthony Burton develops a wider theme of Britain's canal network and its history. He tells the stories of the great engineers, from James Brindley through to William Jessop and Thomas Telford, who not only built the canals but also stamped their contributions to the system with the indelible imprint of their own ideas and personalities. He focuses, too, upon the great enterprises - Bass, Ovaltine, Pickfords, the removal firm, and the canal companies themselves - whose prosperity was founded upon waterway system. The families who, often for several successive generations, earned an often meagre living from the canals, provide another rich source of anecdote as well as insights into a fascinating corner of our social history.


Author:       Anthony Burton
ISBN:         0 7537 1366 7
Publisher:   Bounty Books (Pub. 2006)
Pages:       240      Size: 275h x 240w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2006



Price:  £12.99
CANAL PEOPLE CANAL PEOPLE
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Author:       Sonia Rolt
ISBN:         0 7509 1048 8
Publisher:   Sutton Publishing
Pages:       153      Size: 230h x 230w
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Price:  £16.99
CANAL PEOPLE CANAL PEOPLE
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During a few brief years in the late 1940s and early 1950s Robert Longden took a remarkable set of photographs of the narrowboat community at Hawkesbury stop - the main meeting point for those who worked the Midlands canals. The images are of a close community and represent its members in a very intimate way, at work, at play, in their domestic affairs, and as they lived on the paired and single colourful narrowboats. They illustrate the close relationship between all ages and types within the community, and the dramatic boat shapes and infrascape of this rural and industrial area.


Author:       Sonia Rolt
ISBN:         0 7509 1776 8
Publisher:   Sutton Publishing
Pages:       343      Size: 220h x 220w
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Price:  £12.99
CANAL RECOLLECTIONS CANAL RECOLLECTIONS
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A Pictorial Record

With the advent of the industrial revolution in Britain, the need to transport large quantities of raw materials and goods concentrated the minds of industrialists and engineers. The existing road system was antiquated and the steam engine and railways were still years away. The canal age was born out of this acute need for reliable long-distance transport. By the end of the 18th century canal mania had gripped England. Great canal engineers, including Thomas Telford, John Rennie and William Jessop, were soon engaged in the construction of hundreds of miles of waterways. At this time some of the major engineering features pushed known technology to its limits. For a few short years the canal companies flourished only to be quickly eclipsed by the coming of the railways. With the aid of the extensive archive collection of British Waterways, this book vividly portrays many aspects of life on Britain's canals from the late 19th century to 1960


Author:       Julian Holland
ISBN:         1 85585 396 5
Publisher:   Parkgate
Pages:       96      Size: 250h x 185w
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Price:  £4.99
CANALS & INLAND WATERWAYS CANALS & INLAND WATERWAYS
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This book depicts the essence of the rich and varied life of England's canals and inland waterways. It includes their architecture, the commercial and pleasure craft that plied along them, and the people who devoted their lives to making a living from them.

Most books of old photographs are copied from postcards and photographs collected from a variety of sources. The images in this book, however, have been selected exclusively from the Frith archive, which is world renowned for the quality and clarity of its photographs. F. Frith and Co. were the world's first photographic publishers and in time became the largest and most comprehensive typographical archive in the United Kingdom. The detail and clarity of the images in this book is a tribute to the skills of the early photographers and to the standard set by Francis Frith.


Author:       Francis Frith
ISBN:         1 85937 028 4
Publisher:   Francis Frith Collection
Pages:       112      Size: 275h x 225w
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CANAL & RIVER NAVIGATIONS The illustrated History of CANAL & RIVER NAVIGATIONS The illustrated History of
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Third edition in softback

The author was awarded the Library Association McColdin Medal winner, 1993, for outstanding reference book of the year. This edition includes a revised selection of photographs.

Table of contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1: Some Events in Waterways History

Chapter 2: Waterway Engineering, Facilities and Features

Chapter 3: Canal and River navigations

Chapter 4: Boat Building

Chapter 5: Canal and River Craft

Appendix A: Carriers (A selection)

Appendix B: Engineers and Personalities

Glossary

Bibliography

Maps

Index of Ships and Boats


Author:       Edward Paget-Tomlinson
ISBN:         1 84306 207 0
Publisher:   Landmark (Pub. 2006)
Pages:       384      Size: A4 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2006



Price:  £24.99
CANALS AND WATERWAYS CANALS AND WATERWAYS
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Just Reprinted. Number 9 in the 'History in Camera' series

Many of Britain's navigable waterways now carry more traffic than they did in the supposed heyday of canals, though the traffic today is pleasure boats rather than commercial craft. This book traces the history of these artificial waterways, from Roman days through to the decline of commercial traffic in the 1950s. It covers the building of canals, the structures that make them work, their maintenance and the boats that traveled on them. The cargoes carried are given prominence, as are the 'people of the cut'. The last chapter shows the canals in decline, giving some of the reasons for the closure of many waterways, and describing why pleasure boating has now taken over.


Author:       Michael E.Ware
ISBN:         0 85263 878 7
Publisher:   Shire Publications (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       88      Size: A5 (P)
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Price:  £7.99
CANALS & WATERWAYS CANALS & WATERWAYS
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This lavishly illustrated book captures the essence of the rich and varied life of England's canals and waterways.

Revisit the vanished world of our great commercial canals, with their locks, towpaths, old stone bridges, brightly painted horse-drawn narrow boats and bustling motorised craft; tour the docks of our great ports, their wharfs busy with ships from all over the world; enjoy the journey along our rivers, and into a world of willows and wooded banks, remote from the modern rush of life; take a colourful trip in the tradition of Jerome K. Jerome up the Thames, with its pleasure craft, brisk steam launches, busy working boats, skiffs and rowing boats, and fashionable regattas.

These beautiful photographs have been carefully chosen from the world-famous Francis Frith collection, the archive that is renowned for the fine quality of its images. Finely detailed, they offer a fascinating glimpse of a past era of British canal and river life.


Author:       
ISBN:         1 84546 333 1
Publisher:   Select Editions (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       121      Size: 175h x 254w
Entry Added/Amended:      Sept 2005



Price:  £5.99
CANALS AND WATERWAYS CANALS AND WATERWAYS
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This evocative collection of archive photographs from the world-famous Francis Frith's collection depicts the rich life of Britain's canals and waterways from mid-Victorian times to the 1960s, when many fell into disrepair and dereliction. Travel back in time and revisit a world that was remote from the rush and bustle of modern life, with its unique architecture and varied commercial and pleasure craft. Read, too, about the daily lives of the families who earned their living on the water. This special collection will provide hours of enjoyable reading. Frith's historic photographs are renowned the world over for their clarity and fine detail. Unlike many local history books that reproduce old postcards, this book is packed with high quality photographs carefully chosen from the Frith archive, and in which you will find much fascinating detail. Most have not been published in book form before.


Author:       Francis Frith
ISBN:         1 85937 129 9
Publisher:   Frith Book Co
Pages:       118      Size: 255h x 195w
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Price:  £17.99
CANALS ARE MY HOME CANALS ARE MY HOME
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This new edition has a colour cover and colour photographs.

They started in November 1974 in a brand new steel hulled narrowboat which they nicknamed 'Bix' after Jazzman Bix Beiderbecke. Into the boat they neatly stowed all their worldly goods, including an upright piano. Here is ther story of their adventures - the ups, the downs, the many people they met,the places they visited and the sights they saw - recounted with charm and a delightful sense of humour.


Author:       Iris Bryce
ISBN:         1 899597 17 4
Publisher:   W.D. Wharton
Pages:       224      Size: A5 (P)
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Price:  £12.99
CANALS IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND CANALS IN THE HEART OF ENGLAND
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England is fortunate in having a superb canal network which combines the opportunity for leisure boating with a constantly changing scenic background. The heart of England is particularly well served with canals designed and built by 18th and 19th century engineers, who pioneered what was then a new concept in travel and transport.

Alan Tyers has captured the changing moods of the Midland canals with photographs of waterways, boats and the people who work them.

His images range from the busy inner-city basins of Coventry and Birmingham to the quiet waters found in rural reaches of Staffordshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.

'Canals in the Heart of England' is an essential addition to the libraries of all who value and respect England waterways and their renaissance in the 21st century.


Author:       Alan Tyers
ISBN:         1 85858 212 1
Publisher:   Brewin Books
Pages:       90      Size: A4- (P)
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CANALS NARROWBOATS AND BARGES CANALS NARROWBOATS AND BARGES
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This book is mainly an introduction to narrowboats but it also covers wider canal craft and will act as a guide to those who want to search out the heritage of the working canals. The book is packed with colour photographs, some of the waterways as they were but many as they are today.


Author:       Tony Conder
ISBN:         0 7478 2587 3
Publisher:   Shire (Pub. 2004)
Pages:       56      Size: A5(P)
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Price:  £5.99
CANALS OF BRITAIN, THE CANALS OF BRITAIN, THE
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The whole fascinating and vibrant story of the canals of Britain is to be found inside this book, written by an acknowledged expert and enhanced by a over 275 drawings and photographs. It will delight transport enthusiasts everywhere and canal lovers in particular.

Table Of Contents:

Prologue,The Specification of a Canal, The Cost of a Canal, Fixed Assets of a Canal, Boats on a Canal, Crews on Boats, Goods in Transit, Maintaining the Status Quo, An Inspector Calls, Outside Influences, At Your Leisure, Epilogue, Appendices


Author:       David Gladwin
ISBN:         1 873626 75 4
Publisher:   Breedon Books
Pages:       174      Size: A4+ (P)
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Price:  £18.00
CANALS OF BRITAIN: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE CANALS OF BRITAIN: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE
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'Canals of Britain' is a comprehensive and absorbing survey of the canal network of the British Isles, and provides a fascinating insight into the linked-up waterways as well as the isolated cuts and quiet waters which may not be fully navigable by larger craft.

From Tiverton Basin on the Grand Western Canal to the Beauly Firth at the end of the Caledonian Canal, Britain has a unique canal network. Infinitely varied, it passes picturesque open countryside, wild moorland, coastal harbours, historic industrial buildings, modern city centres, canalside public houses and abundant wildlife. Stuart Fisher looks at every aspect of the canals - their construction, rich history, stunning scenery, heritage, incredible engineering, impressive architecture and even their associated folk lore, wildlife and art. Enticing photographs give a flavour of each place, and sites of interest close to the canals are included.

For anyone enjoying the canals for recreation or transportation, for boaters, walkers, bikers, holidaymakers, riders and everyone who uses the towpaths and banks throughout the year, this is a book to be treasured and revisited like an old friend.


Author:       Stuart Fisher
ISBN:         978 1 4081 0517 7
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       304      Size: A4 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2009



Price:  £25.00
CANALS OF THE EAST MIDLANDS, THE CANALS OF THE EAST MIDLANDS, THE
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Here is a full history of the waterways of an important region in England in the days when canal transport was vital to prosperity. Here is also an account of the Grand Junction's later efforts to construct a broad waterway to the Derbyshire coalfield which included; The building of the Foxton inclined plane, the modernisation of the Trent in this century, and the formation and subsequent career of the Grand Union.

Chapters

The Line to Oxford. The Trent and its Tributaries. Derby, Nottingham and the Trent. The Leicester Line. The Great Grand Junction. The Canals of London. The Line from Fazeley to Oxford. The Warwick and Stratford Lines. Round About the Trent. Stratford, Coventry and Oxford. The Grand Union.


Author:       Charles Hadfield
ISBN:         0 7153 4871 X
Publisher:   David & Charles (Pub. 1981)
Pages:       294      Size: A5+ (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005



Price:  £22.00
CANALS OF ENGLAND,THE CANALS OF ENGLAND,THE
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Eric de Maré's fine photographs brilliantly capture the beauty of our old waterways and reveals the many scenic and architectural delights they possess. The text of the book explains how canals are made and how they work; it discusses their past history, the modern condition and their great future possibilities for both commerce and pleasure. Bold prints from the author's collection support the text. This is a reprint of the book first published in 1950, but the author has written a new introduction.


Author:       Eric de Mare
ISBN:         0 86299 418 7
Publisher:   Sutton Publishing
Pages:       124      Size: 245h x 185w
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CANALS OF ENGLAND CANALS OF ENGLAND
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Born in the space of just 50 years at the end of the 18th century, the canal age transformed the British landscape. Thronged with boats transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between factories and cities, the canals were among the most vital arteries of the Industrial Revolution. Today, however, mellowed by time and disuse, these waterways meander slowly through fields carrying boatloads of holidaymakers, or lie disused and forgotten, tucked away in some overgrown and mysterious corner of the countryside.

Following the course of these canals, Martin Marix Evans and Robert Reichenfeld toured England and documented these waterways from all aspects and in all weathers. With over 130 photographs and a text rich in history, people and legends, 'Canals of England' captures the beauty of England's canals from the exquisite detail of the stone gargoyle on a crumbling Bath bridge to the magnificent sweep of the Rochdale Canal as it cuts through the Yorkshire countryside.


Author:       M.M.Evans/R.Reichenfeld
ISBN:         0 75380 533 2
Publisher:   Orion Publishing
Pages:       159      Size: 190h x 250w
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Price:  £9.99
CANALS OF SHROPSHIRE CANALS OF SHROPSHIRE
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The story of Shropshire's canals from humble beginnings to Thomas Telford's mighty aquaducts - from canal mania to decline, neglect and rebirth for pleasure and recreation.

Chapters:-

Rivers. The Early Canals. The Shropshire Canal. The Shrewsbury Canal. The Ellesmere Canal. The Leominster Canal. The Last Fling. Decline and Fall. Canals at Work. Canals Today.


Author:       Richard Morris
ISBN:         0 903802 47 3
Publisher:   Shropshire Books (Pub. 1998)
Pages:       84      Size: 235h x 170w
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CANALSIDE CAMERA 1845 - 1930 CANALSIDE CAMERA 1845 - 1930
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The years between 1845 and 1930 saw the heyday of the British canal system. Photography had not been invented when the first canals were being built and the new medium was rarely used to record industry and transport in the mid-Victorian period. Early canal photographs are therefore rare, but as a result of painstaking research into wide variety of sources, Michael Ware has presented a remarkable collection fascinating prints. A 'Canalside Camera' records the construction, operation and maintenance of the 'cuts', the craft working the canals and the cargoes they carried. The people involved are pictured too -the hard grind of their daily work, their family life, clothes and customs.


Author:       Michael E Ware
ISBN:         0 7153 7001 4
Publisher:   David & Charles (Pub. 1975)
Pages:       115      Size: 250h x 195w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005



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CHARLES HADFIELD,CANAL MAN AND MORE CHARLES HADFIELD,CANAL MAN AND MORE
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Charles Hadfield is well known for his accurate and detailed canal histories, but his contribution was more than that of a mere chronicler of waterways. This book combines a detailed critical study of Charles's work in making and developing canal history with his own selective memoirs of other aspects of a busy and complex life.


Author:       Joseph Boughey
ISBN:         0 7509 1052 6
Publisher:   Sutton Publishing
Pages:       223      Size: 240h x 165w
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CLYDE PUFFER, THE CLYDE PUFFER, THE
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Of all vessels that have worked in British coastal waters no type was better loved than the Clyde puffer.

Millions laughed at the antics of skipper Para Handy and the indomitable crew of the vital Spark as portrayed on BBC television.

For more than a century the sturdy little vessels, miniature bulk carriers of coal, sand, granite chips, grain and like cargoes were familiar craft on Clyde, West Highland and other Scottish coastal waters.

They entered in looks and crannies where other vessels would not or dared not go. They went to remote places among the lochs and islands with a visit of the puffer provided the sole link with the outside world.

Lack of appeal was no obstacle to the puffer. Her crew would Beecher, unload the cargo on the sand and sail away on the next tide. If beaching was impractical she would drop a load of coal in the shallows and the customers would wade in and pick it up.

If somebody wanted sand the puffer would dredge it from under her keel and take it to the required destination.


Author:       Dan McDonald
ISBN:         0 7153 7443 5
Publisher:   David & Charles
Pages:       48      Size: 255h x 180w
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Price:  £9.99
CLINGING ON ... CLINGING ON ...
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The Moira cut, coal and the last days of commercial canal carrying.

At some date in the 1980s, as a regular towpath walker, I began to puzzle over traces of coal at Gopsall Wharf, then being renovated. Plainly, they did not belong to the late Georgian use of the wharf and so far as I knew, the canal carried no commercial traffic although I had once made a late 1960s siting from my car of narrowboats at Market Bosworth. In 1995 I needed a dissertation subject relating to historical study and method, picked canal construction and, since the Ashby de la Zouch canal was nearest to hand, focused on it. In the town's reference library was a collection of magazines, the Spout, official organ of Ashby Canal Association. One issue carried a short article about Ashby Canal Transport Ltd. By then I had joined in work parties on the abandoned section of canal at Snarestone and later met the author, now President of the Association, Tom Henshaw. He was generous in his time, both then and later, in talking about a piece of local history which at once fascinated me. I had stumbled on the story of the revival of coal trading in 1969 as a means to save the Ashby canal from dereliction...


Author:       Gerald Box
ISBN:         0 9545056 0 3
Publisher:   Ambion Press (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       110      Size: 210h x 150w
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Price:  £9.00
CROMFORD CANAL, THE CROMFORD CANAL, THE
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The Cromford canal was a bold undertaking, linking the Derwent and Erewash valleys into the main canal system of England. Collieries, ironworks, mills, limestone and gritstone quarries all flourished alongside it. Although penetrating the southern part of the Peak District, William Jessop's engineering genius ensured that the canal passed 13 miles through this hilly terrain without a single lock. As a result there is some spectacular scenery in the upper reaches as it contours along the steep side of the Derwent Valley.

Hugh Potter, the author, is archivist of the Friends of the Cromford Canal, and editor of the best-selling national inland waterway magazine 'Waterways World'. He lives beside the Cromford Canal and has been collecting photographs and historical information on it for many years.


Author:       Hugh Potter
ISBN:         0 7524 2802 0
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       128      Size: 231h x 160w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005



Price:  £12.99
COOL CANALS: PUB DAYS OUT COOL CANALS: PUB DAYS OUT
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Take time for long lazy days on the waterside.

Spend the day unravelling the mysteries of fascinating lock flights, discovering the marvels of man-made heritage and meeting waterways wildlife.

Enjoy locally brewed ales, and soak up the slow charm of some special canalside pubs.

Hand picked pub days out

Waterside pubs with real character & canal personality

Site seeing, boat trips, Towpath ambles, Gongoozling (Canal lingo for watching boats)

Packed with all the essentials

Dog-friendly info


Author:       Philipa Greenwood/Martine O'Callaghan
ISBN:         978 0 9560699 2 4
Publisher:   Coolcanals (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       254      Size: 190h x 150w
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2010



Price:  £12.99
COOL CANALS: WEEKEND WALKS (BRITAIN) COOL CANALS: WEEKEND WALKS (BRITAIN)
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Water, boats, wildlife, heritage and a million surprises - each walk in this book is deliciously different.

The best canal walks aren't just about walking - they're no fuss adventures, steeped in the wonders of the waterways.

It's easy walking that never short of thrills. Towpaths ramble Britain's hidden green landscapes, yet you can't get lost and there are no cows in the way! Walk as far as you want… and it's never seemed to linger too long over lunch in a canalside pub.

20 hand picked walks ( 2 to 13 miles)

Easy walks from across all of Britain

Waterways Highlights

Canalside pubs & cafes

Waterside places to stay ( if you're planning to make a weekend of it)


Author:       Phillipa Greenwood/Martine O'Callaghan
ISBN:         978 0 956099 1 7
Publisher:   Coolcanals Guides (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       254      Size: 190h x 150w
Entry Added/Amended:      April 2010



Price:  £12.99
DISASTERS ON THE SEVERN DISASTERS ON THE SEVERN
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The River Severn rises in the Cambrian Mountains, 600m above sea level, and runs 330 km to the Bristol Channel; it is Britain's longest river and one of its most dangerous. Possibly most famous for its Bore and the impressive tidal range, the river has been the scene of many an accident and mystery, including the discovery of a human torso at Haw Bridge in 1938!

In 'Disasters on the Severn', Chris Witts, an experienced navigator of the river and the acknowledged expert on the Bore, has compiled a fascinating catalogue of such incidents. As well as recounting historical crises, such as the horrific flood of 1606, and the problems in constructing (and removing) the various connections across and under the river, he also tells of his personal experiences of difficulty, panic and loss on the river.

'Disasters on the Severn' is a record of the tribulations of man trying to harness the power of this great waterway and of the perils risked by living alongside it. For a river named after the illegitimate daughter of the King of Loegria who was killed in its waters, it has witnessed more than its fair share of misfortune and misery.


Author:       Chris Witts
ISBN:         0 7524 2383 5
Publisher:   Tempus (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       158      Size: 250h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      May 2005



Price:  £12.99
DRY LAND SAILOR DRY LAND SAILOR
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'Dry Land Sailor' is a book which will fascinate all those interested in history of Britain's canals, and the carrying trade for which they were built. It is a captivating insight not only into the business of cargo carrying by narrowboat, but into the lives of the people who worked on waterways.

Fred Hobbs was not a born boatman - he grew up 'on the bank' in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire close to the Grand Union Canal, and as a child began to explore the towpaths near his home. Over a period of years, he got to know many of the boating families and on leaving school in 1948 was invited to work with one of them. From then until 1956, he was to join a number of different crews, with a brief break for his army service, working with such well-known names as Bill Humphries, Jack Skinner, John Knill, and Jack Monk.

Told from the perspective of a newcomer, his story is one of discovery as he learns the ways of the boaters and the skills of handling a pair of heavy-laden narrowboats, the joys of boating in fine weather and the back-breaking labour of shovelling fifty-plus tons of coal by hand.

A brief foreword by well-known canal novelist Geoffrey Lewis, who also edited the text, introduces this tale, which is the first in a series of books recalling life on the cut by of people who knew it best - the men and women who were there.


Author:       Fred Hobbs
ISBN:         978 0 9545624 9 6
Publisher:   SGM (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       108      Size: 223h x 142w
Entry Added/Amended:      June 2009



Price:  £12.99
DVD NARROWBOATS: GUIDE TO BUYING AND OWNING A NARROWBOAT, A DVD NARROWBOATS: GUIDE TO BUYING AND OWNING A NARROWBOAT, A
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More people than ever are turning their backs on traditional ways of living and taking to the water as a choice of lifestyle. Buying and living aboard a narrowboat is one such choice, one that is providing an attractive way of living to thousands of people all over the country.

This programme will look in detail at the differences between traditional and contemporary narrowboats and examine in some of the basics one needs to consider before buying a boat. From construction and design to decoration, from types of mooring to maintenance and supplies, all aspects of owning a narrowboat on looked at, many in the company of the people who really know, narrowboat owners themselves.

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1. Handling and Looking after a Narrowboat 2. Boat Supplies 3. Practicalities! 4. Why Buy a Boat? 5. Mooring 6. Power 7. Maintenance 8. Boat Building 9. Home from Home 10. Security 11. Fuel, Water and Sanitation 12. Space! 13. On the move... 14. Personalising Your Boat.

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Interactive Menus - 14 Scene Selections - Slideshow - Also Available

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Pages:       55 Mins (Approx)      Size: DVD
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2007



Price:  £7.99
DVD NARROWBOATS: HOLIDAYING ON THE CANALS DVD NARROWBOATS: HOLIDAYING ON THE CANALS
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When James Brindley designed and built his first canal in the 1760s to transport coal to Manchester, had someone told him that in the 21st century people from all over the world would be taking their holidays on his 'Stinking Ditches' as his critics dubbed the canals, it's fair to say the brilliant young engineer would have laughed out loud! But this is precisely what has happened and today the British inland waterways are becoming an ever more popular holiday destination, as narrowboats transport visitors back in time, to experience a slower pace of life, while travelling through an unspoilt country landscape.

Travel into the heart of Britain's Waterways and see for yourself why narrowboat holidays have enjoyed such a revival, as the stressed and strained from every walk of life search for peace and tranquillity, relaxation and escapism. Follow the course of a narrowboat holiday from planning through to confident navigation and lock operation. See the sights, walk the towpaths and take a peek into secret treasures of the canals and rivers of Britain

If you're planning a narrowboat holiday, you'll be inspired, but should you prefer to enjoy the experience from the comfort of your armchair sit back and relax, welcome aboard.

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1. Boat Hire Companies. 2. The Mooring Rules. 3. The Kings Norton Tunnel. 4. Places of Interest. 5. The Upper Avon.

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Interactive Menus. Scene Selections. Stills Gallery. Also Available.

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Entry Added/Amended:      July 2007



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DVD NARROWBOATS: LIVING ON THE CANALS DVD NARROWBOATS: LIVING ON THE CANALS
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When it comes to the old traditional ways of life, there are few examples that are compatible with the day-to-day living of the 21st century. However, there is an exception, where ancient practices go hand in hand with all the advantages of modern technology and for the thousands of people in Britain today who live-aboard narrowboats on the nation's inland waterways, there is nothing to compare with the delights of a life afloat.

Join this journey of discovery on the canals and rivers of Great Britain to enter an almost secret world that despite being so firmly rooted in the past is definitely set fair for the future. Packed with information for would be 'Liveaboards', covering everything from costs and legal requirements through to the type of craft available, there is also plenty of opportunity to take to the water and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the British countryside.

Whether you dream of living on a narrowboat or simply wondered what it would be like to continuously cruise the waterways, this programme has something for everyone. Offering an up-close and personal view of a very different way of life.

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1. Space Saving Designs. 2. Finding a Mooring. 3. Choosing the Right Boat. 4. Day-to-Day life. 5. "Locking Up"

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Pages:       60 Mins (Approx)      Size: DVD
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DVD NARROWBOATS: NARROWBOAT TALES DVD NARROWBOATS: NARROWBOAT TALES
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As with many things, it's the people, their stories and their experiences that can best describe life aboard a narrowboat.

Join us in this programme as we meet a wealth of characters and personalities who are united in their love of days spent on the canal. Life on a narrowboat may be taken at a slower pace but is never dull - missing bridges, ghostly goings-on, undiscovered murders, and more than a fair share of people falling overboard: these are the tales of life on the waterways.

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Boat Owners Stories. Boating Holiday Makers Stories. Lock Keeper's Tales. Boating Disasters. Pubs En Route. History and Strange Tales.

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Pages:       60 Mins (Approx)      Size: DVD
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2007



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DVD NARROWBOATS: NOVICES GUIDE TO NARROWBOATING, A DVD NARROWBOATS: NOVICES GUIDE TO NARROWBOATING, A
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Canals are part of our cultural heritage, but today, what was the commercial network of the Industrial Revolution, has become the leisure playground of boat-owners and holiday-makers who wish to take the time to discover the wealth and beauty of the canal system.

A holiday on board a narrowboat is a perfect way to see what life afloat is all about. If setting off at the tiller of a 60 ft narrowboat is a little daunting, this programme is just the introduction you need as we look at how to handle a boat, the things to take care over and safety requirements, as well as navigation, planning and buying supplies.

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1. Starting your Journey 2. "Rules of the Road" 3. Mooring the Boat 4. How to Operate a Lock 5. A Guide to Safety and Security 6. What if you Break Down ? 7. Living in Confined Space 8.Canalside Attractions 9. Pets, Wildlife and Fishing 10. Boating Events 11. Access For All.

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Interactive Menus - 11 Scene Selections - Slide-show - Also available

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Pages:       55 Mins (Approx)      Size: DVD
Entry Added/Amended:      August 2007



Price:  £7.99
DVD NARROWBOATS: WORKING ON THE CANALS DVD NARROWBOATS: WORKING ON THE CANALS
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Follow this fascinating journey to discover what it was really like to work on the waterways of Britain. From the men who dug the canals and great engineers responsible for their construction, through to the strong and resourceful boat men, find out how they all played their part in keeping the wheels of the Industrial Revolution turning. In more recent years the canals have regained their popularity, but this time with holidays afloat. An entire leisure and tourism industry has developed that has insured the restoration and conservation of the waterways for everyone to enjoy, bringing a whole new meaning to the term 'Working on the Canals'.

Scene Selections:-

1.The Death of James Brindley. 2.Joey Boats. 3. The Great Canal Family Spirit. 4. Canal Boat Women. 5. Self-Drive Boating Holiday.

Special features: Interactive menus. Scenic selections. Stills Gallery. Also available.

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Pages:       60 Mins (Approx)      Size: DVD
Entry Added/Amended:      July 2007



(RRP 10.99)  £7.99
Waterways Catalog : Waterways (Inland) : Inland Waterways Books - Titles C to D


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