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ADVENTURES OF THE NIPPY ADVENTURES OF THE NIPPY
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A home-made motor cruiser travels the picturesque inland waterway system during the Fifties and Sixties when the great days of carrying by canal boat were coming to an end. Many canals were threatened with closure which enthusiasts opposed whenever they could and conflict with officialdom was inevitable. This is the story of 'NIPPY' and her crew.


Author:       James Hewiit
ISBN:         0 9543197 0 2
Publisher:   James Hewitt (Pub.2002)
Pages:       164      Size: 195w x 210h
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £9.99
CANAL CRIMES CANAL CRIMES
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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. Criminal court cases ranging from the opportunist 16 year old who was transported for seven years for stealing a man's clothes while he went for a dip, to those who seem to have a literally got away with murder, and those who were not so fortunate as to escape the hangmans noose. At Stafford County Court Room, the judge stated, 'I cannot refrain from remarking that I am afraid no men in this country are so destitute of all moral culture as boatmen'. This was the response to the murder and rape of Christina Collins on the Trent and Mersey Canal in 1840.

Between these pages, R H Davies provides a truly fascinating insight into the trials discussed, by reproducing the authentic transcripts from the Old Bailey and contemporary newspapers. 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 as they echo down through the decades. But is the twentieth and twenty-first century any better? This subject is discussed in the final chapter.


Author:       R H Davies
ISBN:         978 1 4456 0045 1
Publisher:   Amberley (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       157      Size: 245h x 173w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £14.99
CANAL DU MIDI, THE:A CRUISERS GUIDE CANAL DU MIDI, THE:A CRUISERS GUIDE
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The Canal Du Midi is probably the most popular canal in France. And no wonder - it is a Unesco World Heritage Site, one of the greatest engineering achievements of the modern age, and boasts 220 miles of gorgeous countryside and stunning architecture. From picturesque villages to soaring aqueducts, characteristic oval locks and beautiful landscapes, the canal also links the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean, saving boaters the long (and arduous) trip around Portugal and Spain.

This handy sized guide book has all the technical information that boaters need to navigate the canal, and gives a flavour of the history, places of interest, delightful mooring places to relax in and interesting backwaters to explore.

Covers the entire Canal Du Midi including the adjacent rivers and canals. Detailed maps show towns, villages, locks, bridges and marinas. Useful cruising tips and advice. Enticing colour photographs portray attractive waterside vistas, local wildlife and fascinating canal architecture.


Author:       Bernd-Wilfried Kiesller
ISBN:         978 1 4081 1273 1
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       144      Size: 220h x 120w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
DISCOVERING LONDONS RAILWAY STATIONS DISCOVERING LONDONS RAILWAY STATIONS
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London is the supreme railway city. In 1900 it had fourteen main line stations, more than any other city in the world. A century later only two of them have disappeared completely, and just three have undergone comprehensive reconstruction. All the others are recognisable products of the Victorian railway age that still function as busy stations today and are often the very first part of London that visitors will experience. In this survey and guide, Oliver Green provides railway and architecture enthusiasts with a brief history of the principal termini, featuring key aspects of architectural design and engineering and also highlighting anecdotes, myths, personal histories and curiosities about the station's social and cultural history.

Oliver Green is a museums consultant and writer. Former Head Curator of the London Transport Museum, he has written several books relating to London transport history and transport art.


Author:       Oliver Green
ISBN:         978 0 74780 806 0
Publisher:   Shire (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       104      Size: 188h x 113w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £6.99
FMC: A HISTORY OF FELLOWS, MORTON & CLAYTON LTD. FMC: A HISTORY OF FELLOWS, MORTON & CLAYTON LTD.
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Author:       Alan H. Faulkner
ISBN:         978 0 905366 37 1
Publisher:   Belmont
Pages:       120      Size: 150h x 210w
Entry Added/Amended:      March 2011


Price:  £8.99
FOLLOWING THE TRADE FOLLOWING THE TRADE
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'Following the Trade', the tenth book in our 'Working Waterways' series is the third book in Tom Foxon's trilogy preceded by 'Anderton for Orders' and 'Number One'.


Author:       Tom Foxon
ISBN:         978 0 905366 40 1
Publisher:   Belmont (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       138      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      September 2010



Price:  £8.99
FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL, THE: A HISTORY FORTH AND CLYDE CANAL, THE: A HISTORY
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The Forth and Clyde Canal, completed in 1790, was by far the largest undertaking that had ever been seen in Scotland. It allowed coal and machinery to travel east, and grain to travel west. Passengers could travel between Glasgow and Edinburgh in greater comfort than by Stagecoach, and it produced employment along its entire route. But it required capital on a scale previously unknown; it required the collaboration of Edinburgh, Glasgow and London; it required new technology; and it encountered its full measure of constructional problems. It took 22 years to build. Now, after a long period of neglect, and sporting the spectacular Falkirk Wheel, it enjoys in new life as an imaginative leisure resource.


Author:       T J Dowds
ISBN:         1 86232 232 5
Publisher:   Tuckwell Press (Pub. 2003)
Pages:       128      Size: A5 (P) Approx
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £4.99
GEORGE AND ROBERT STEPHENSON: RAILWAY PIONEERS GEORGE AND ROBERT STEPHENSON: RAILWAY PIONEERS
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The life of George Stephenson presents a classic rags to riches tale - from illiterate colliery worker to pit owner and railway magnate. His son Robert combined the best traits of his father's character with new talents of his own to become, rightly, the most feted of the Victorian 'hero' engineers.

Building on the techniques of the canal engineers, the Stephensons pioneered both the transport network and the engines that powered Britain's industrial revolution.

Complete with concise and biographers of father and son, this book is a vivid photographic celebration of their astounding achievements.


Author:       Chris Morris
ISBN:         978 0 9564358 0 4
Publisher:   Tanners Yard Press (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       112      Size: 165h x 240w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
GLOUCESTER DOCKS AN HISTORICAL GUIDE GLOUCESTER DOCKS AN HISTORICAL GUIDE
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Author:       Hugh Conway-Jones
ISBN:         9781903599150
Publisher:   Black Dwarf (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       48      Size: 211h x 212w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010


Price:  £5.00
HISTORIC THAMES, THE: A PORTRAIT OF ENGLANDS GREATEST RIVER HISTORIC THAMES, THE: A PORTRAIT OF ENGLANDS GREATEST RIVER
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The Thames lies and the very heart of London and the South of England - both physically and metaphorically - and this engaging and personal portrait offers a perfect introduction to the river's many charms.

Hilaire Belloc is justly famed for his wonderful and mischievous ' cautionary tales', which in recent years have overshadowed his other significant achievements as a writer.' The Historic Thames' redresses this balance, offering a personal and warm view of the River Thames in the early 20th century. Following the Thames 200 miles up river through London to its Cotswold source, Belloc skilfully blends historical observations and personal commentary through his distinctive and elegant style. He draws fascinating comparisons between the Thames and the Rhine, the Seine and other important European waterways to highlight the Thames's unique significance within British life. Revealing as much about the countryside, English identity and the author himself as about its history, ' The Historic Thames' presents a romantic yet honest portrait of Britain's greatest river.


Author:       Hillaire Belloch
ISBN:         978 1 84511 712 2
Publisher:   I.B. TAURIS (Pub. 2008)
Pages:       192      Size: B Format
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £5.99
INLAND WATERWAYS LOG BOOK INLAND WATERWAYS LOG BOOK
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Author:       
ISBN:         978 1 4081 1203 8
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       96      Size: 150h x 235w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010


Price:  £9.99
IRON BRIDGE, THE: SYMBOL OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IRON BRIDGE, THE: SYMBOL OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
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The Iron Bridge, built in 1779 and spanning the River Severn at Coalbrookdale, is today perhaps the most important industrial monument in Britain. In the early 18th century the Shropshire coalfields Room with its associated industries, especially iron founding, was a cradle of the Industrial Revolution, and the river its economic lifeline. The Iron Bridge not only changed the pattern of communications it its area, it attracted thousands of sightseers, many from overseas, for no structure of its time so caught the public imagination.


Author:       Neil Cossons & Barrie Trinder
ISBN:         1 86077 230 7
Publisher:   Phillimore (Pub. 2002)
Pages:       153      Size: 280h x 215w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



(was 25.00)  £12.99
KENNET &  AVON CANAL, THE:THROUGH TIME KENNET & AVON CANAL, THE:THROUGH TIME
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A safe route from London to Bristol was long a dream of traders and shipowners. With the route via the English Channel been hazardous, an inland alternative was proposed in 1788. After a couple of false starts construction began in 1794. Sixteen years later the Kennet and Avon Canal was opened, with the last section to open being the spectacular series of locks at Devizes.

The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, supporting British Waterways, rebuilt the neglected waterway and it was officially reopened by HM the Queen in 1990. One of the most spectacular of England waterways, the Kennet and Avon became the biggest success story of canal restoration. This book charts the changes that have taken place over time, and is a must for canal enthusiasts and for those lucky enough to live along the route of England's most picturesque canal.


Author:       Clive Hackford
ISBN:         978 1 8468 768 4
Publisher:   Amberley (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       96      Size: 236h x 166w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
LONDON UNDERGROUND, THE LONDON UNDERGROUND, THE
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The London Underground is a pioneer and an institution. The first underground railway in the world, and incorporating the first ever deep tunnel ' tube' lines too, it is at the heart of London life, used by millions of commuters and tourists every year, with its tentacles extending into the suburbs it helped to create. Its turbulent history reflects the trials and tribulations of its passengers: it provided a network of life saving shelters in the Blitz, but has also been the scene of numerous tragedies. This book is not a recompilation of facts and photos published elsewhere, however. Taking a fresh approach to the subject, it is a history that focuses on the interesting and quirky aspects of the subject. To transport you more vividly back to the past, well over half the illustrations are in colour, including many rarely seen photographs.

Anrew Emmerson is a seasoned writer on technical and historical subjects. He also wrote ' Old Television' , 'Old Telephones', and 'Discovering Subterranean London' for Shire.


Author:       Andrew Emmerson
ISBN:         978 0 74780 790 2
Publisher:   Shire (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       64      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £6.99
LONDONS WATERWAYS: EXPLORING THE CAPITALS RIVERS AND CANALS LONDONS WATERWAYS: EXPLORING THE CAPITALS RIVERS AND CANALS
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London boasts not only one of the most famous and awe inspiring rivers of the world, but is also home to beautiful canals such as the Grand Union and Regent's Canal. Derek Pratt's evocative photographs magically open up the huge variety of London's waterways for the reader - from the grand vistas of Canary Wharf and Hampton Court to the bustling Camden Lock and on to the charming, meandering River Brent and the waters around Waltham Abbey - and his quirky captions give surprising insights into familiar places.

'London's Waterways' showcases just why these rivers and canals are so celebrated, but it also delves deeper - beyond the iconic landscapes to the lesser known and, in some cases, completely hidden waterways. Opening up a relatively unexplored aspect of the city, this visually powerful book uncovers places even Londoners might not know about.


Author:       Derek Pratt
ISBN:         978 1 4081 1074 4
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       160      Size: 257h x 260w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £19.99
L-PLATE BOATING L-PLATE BOATING
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In 'L-Plate Boating', popular canal novelist Geoffrey Lewis joins forces with fellow boater and long-term friend Tom 'Mac' MacManus to give us a collection of anecdotes and reminiscences with a heavy emphasis on the humour of each situation.

Their stories include a first time boating trip, the hazards of buying a boat by remote control, and some of the disasters that can happen to the best intentioned of boaters, from the captain of a passenger boat to the crew of a pair of cargo carrying boats. And as well as giving us a good laugh, these tales also serve to prove that even those who should know what they're doing on the cut can get things horribly wrong from time to time - a very comforting thought it for us lesser mortals.


Author:       Geoffrey Lewis and Tom McManus
ISBN:         978 0 9564536 0 0
Publisher:   SGM (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       112      Size: 200h x 130w
Entry Added/Amended:      September 2010



Price:  £6.99
MUDDY WATERS: MIDSUMMER MILLY MUDDY WATERS: MIDSUMMER MILLY
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Author:       D H Clatcher
ISBN:         978 0 9563505 5 8
Publisher:   Windlass (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       32      Size: A5 (L)
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010


Price:  £3.99
NUMBER ONE NUMBER ONE
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'Number One', the ninth book in our 'Working Waterways' series is the second book in Tom Foxon's trilogy preceded by his first book 'Anderton for Orders' and prior to 'Following the Trade'.


Author:       Tom Foxon
ISBN:         978 0 905366 39 5
Publisher:   Belmont (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       136      Size: A5 (P)
Entry Added/Amended:      September 2010



Price:  £8.99
RIVERS: A VOYAGE INTO THE HEART OF BRITAIN RIVERS: A VOYAGE INTO THE HEART OF BRITAIN
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Rivers are far more than a stream of water in a ditch. They support wildlife, drain the land, provide amenities and character; they have created towns and dictated the history of the countryside as they flow past, and have done so hand in hand with the people who live on their banks for thousands of years. There has always been change, but over the last fify years we have begun to lose our ancient connections with rivers and in pursuit of big ambitions we are in danger of sweeping away the stuff that makes them thrive. We have to respect our rivers. They can give us pleasure, nurture, adventure and delight. And you can float on them too.


Author:       Griff Rhys Jones
ISBN:         978 0 340 91863 0
Publisher:   Hodder & Stoughton (Pub. 2009)
Pages:       288      Size: 240h x 182w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £17.99
RIVERS AND THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE RIVERS AND THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE
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'Rivers and the British Landscape' is the first fully integrated analysis of British rivers in their wider historical, geographical and cultural context. It describes and explains the anatomy of rivers: how they form and flow; and how they have affected and modified the landscape through which they move. It explains what goes on within rivers, from silt and sediment movement, to animals, plants and the physical environment. It describes the crucial economic importance of rivers to human society: from the supply of water, power for industry, as well as fishing, navigation and communication. It examines the pivotal role of rivers in British literature, art, recreation, Culture and identity.


Author:       Various
ISBN:         978 1 85936 120 7
Publisher:   Carnegie (Pub. 2005)
Pages:       243      Size: 250h x 175w
Entry Added/Amended:      September 2010



Price:  £8.99
SHADOWS ON THE WATER: THE HAUNTED CANALS AND WATERWAYS OF BRITAIN SHADOWS ON THE WATER: THE HAUNTED CANALS AND WATERWAYS OF BRITAIN
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In 'Shadows on the Water' Alan Scott-Davies presents a unique and fascinating collection of creepy tales and spine-chilling stories, covering a locations from Cornwall to the Caledonian canals. Mixing long established ghostly myths with more recent experiences, this fascinating volume takes a look at some of the strange and unexplained hauntings across Britain's canals and waterways network: echoes in dark tunnels; stone steps stained red with blood spilled long ago; ghostly footsteps accompanying barges beneath a bridge... Based on first-person and historical accounts and featuring photographs and sketches, this collection is sure to delight lovers of the waterways and the paranormal alike.

Alan Scott-Davies has always had a passion for ghost stories. Also possessing a lifelong love of canals, having lived on a narrowboat and worked on the Midlands canals with British Waterways, he brings his interests together in this book. His previous publications include ' Haunted Shropshire' for The History Press and ' The Ghosts of Bury St Edmunds'.


Author:       Allan Scott-Davies
ISBN:         978 0 7524 5592 1
Publisher:   The History Press (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       160      Size: 233h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
SELL UP AND CRUISE THE INLAND WATERWAYS SELL UP AND CRUISE THE INLAND WATERWAYS
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Many people dream of selling up, leaving their old life behind them and swapping suburbia for an ever-changing view of the water. And it's a dream an increasing number of people have, living in the UK, across Europe and in North America. Attractive for financial, environmental or lifestyle reasons, living afloat on the inland canals, rivers and waterways has never been more popular.

Bill and Laurel Cooper are the undisputed experts on living afloat, having lived aboard a variety of boats for over 30 years. In this thorough and inspirational guide they share their practical, first hand advice on:

Suitable boats, likely costs, insurance considerations, pros and cons of a liveaboard lifestyle, dealing with health and other problems, provisioning and rules and regulations.

And much, much more.


Author:       Bill and Laurel Cooper
ISBN:         978 0 7136 7988 5
Publisher:   Adlard Coles (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       202      Size: 233h x 155w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £16.99
TALES FROM THE WEST MIDLANDS CANALS TALES FROM THE WEST MIDLANDS CANALS
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Beginning with the early days of canals in the West Midlands, tracing the work of the Lunar Society, including members Bolton and Watt, and the Earls of Dudley, author Robert Davies follows the changing patterns of these waterways over 200 years of history. This illustrated book tells the story of change across the generations through the experiences and voices of the people who lived and worked along the canal banks; some of the colourful local characters include Thomas Clayton's captain John Blunne, canal Bevin Boy' Arthurr Duffield, canal worker Hetty Seymour and the notorious towpath-trained 'Tipton slasher', bare-knuckle champion boxer and canal worker.

Also looking at the boat builders, including Walton's boat yard, 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 and the IWA National at Wolverhampton.

Robert Davies is a part-time author and a full-time canal enthusiast. His previous publications include 'Boats', 'Smoke', 'Steam' and 'Folk' and 'Midlands Canal Carriers'.


Author:       R H Davies
ISBN:         978 0 7524 5500 6
Publisher:   The History Press (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       128      Size: 235h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
THE STROUDWATER AND THAMES & SEVERN CANALS VOLUME 1 THE STROUDWATER AND THAMES & SEVERN CANALS VOLUME 1
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The scenic beauty of the canal's route through the Golden Valley provided professionals and amateur photographers of the 1870 - 1930 period with a plethora of subjects. Therefore, the commercial and pleasure aspects of the stretch from Eastington to Cirencester have been well recorded.

As much of the two canals, especially the Thames & Severn, has been destroyed, this collection endeavours to show how they appeared and were used before closure. However, this pictorial record is not devoted solely to the two canals themselves. The feeder systems are also shown. Thus, the views of Severn ports where cargoes were loaded for shipment along the canals and the links with the Gloucester Sharpness Canal, together with the Upper Thames reaches around Letchlade, are included.


Author:       Edwin Cuss and Mike Mills
ISBN:         978 1 84868 786 8
Publisher:   Amberley (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       160      Size: 235h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
THE STROUDWATER AND THAMES & SEVERN CANALS VOLUME 2 THE STROUDWATER AND THAMES & SEVERN CANALS VOLUME 2
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Since the development of photography in the middle of the last century, the picture of our past provided by the written chronicle, the museum artefact or by failing memory has been augmented by the most vivid and immediate relic of former times, of the photograph. Authenticating even as it describes, the photograph is of its time in a way that other representations of the past are not.

This photographic journey records the final years in the life of two canals, now being restored by the Cotswold Canals Trust, which once linked England's two longest rivers. With that the current interest in reviving former railways and the reclamation of their towpaths as quiet refuges from the mayhem of modern living, there is an undeniable fascination in comparing the lively scene to which the camera has in the past been witness to the present. The Stroud and Golden Valleys were traditionally centres of industry and population, the canals in part responsible for their continued prosperity after changing technologies largely relocated the cloth industry to the north of England, and during the heyday of the picture postcard the wharves and locks were still busy places.

Comprising the work of both professionals and gifted amateurs, this enchanting collection follows volume one. It will delight and surprise all those who know the canals today, and fascinate anyone with an interest in our industrial heritage.


Author:       Edwin Cuss and Mike Mills
ISBN:         978 1 84868 787 5
Publisher:   Amberley (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       159      Size: 235h x 165w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010



Price:  £12.99
WATERWAYS JOURNAL Vol 12 WATERWAYS JOURNAL Vol 12
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This is volume 12 of an Annual Publication
Author:       
ISBN:         ISSN 1466-3732
Publisher:   The Boat Museum Society (Pub. 2010)
Pages:       72      Size: 200h x 210w
Entry Added/Amended:      October 2010


Price:  £6.99
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