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With over 2,000 miles of navigable waterway in the UK, Britain's canals are an asset to be treasured by everyone. Nick Corble has written an accessible guide which will help you get the best out of a visit or a boating holiday on the canal network. Whether your interest lies in the history, the flora and fauna to be found along the towpath, or even the types of boats and their decoration, there is enough in Britain's Canals: A Handbook to inform and entertain you. Seeking to appeal to and aid the interested tourist, dog-walker, passer-by, or even hopeful boat-buyer, this handbook is packed with tips, hints and useful facts, presented in layman's terms and helping the reader discover what makes our canals so special. A wealth of illustrations in full colour makes this the perfect primer for anyone who wants to know more about Britain's waterways. Nick Corble writes extensively on canals and there is little he does not know about the network of waterways that criss-cross Britain. This is his seventh book on canals and canal history.
The UK has over 1000 miles of navigable canals and rivers which are home to an estimated 70,000 boats. To the untrained eye canal boats can all look much the same, but there are some very important distinctions and a new buyer has some important choices to make. This book discusses those choices, taking into consideration the various boating profiles. From those choosing to live on board permanently, to constant cruisers, weekend boaters and fair-weather cruisers, each will require a different type of boat if they are to fully enjoy their vessel. The book covers finding and buying a boat, the legalities of purchase, the different features and utilities, finding a mooring, boating health and safety, the cost of boating, boat maintenance, boating etiquette and many other frequently asked questions. This is the inside story on buying, maintaining and using a narrowboat from someone who has done so for more than seven years.
Barging Round Britain by David Bartley is a beautifully-illustrated guide to a unique and fascinating part of our history: the canal network. Explore the people and places that have forged this national treasure, from the birth of the Industrial Revolution to the leisure explosion on our waterways today. Fully-illustrated with maps and photographs, the book will trace canal routes across the UK, from the Georgian grandeur of Bath to the dramatic splendour of the Scottish Highlands. David Bartley's Barging Round Britain includes a foreword and chapter introductions by the presenter of the TV series, John Sergeant.
For centuries, men dreamed of cutting a canal across the Florida peninsula. Intended to reduce shipping times, it was championed in the early twentieth century as a way to make the mostly rural state a center of national commerce and trade. Rejected by the Army Corps of Engineers as not worthy, the project received continued support from Florida legislators. Federal funding was eventually allocated and work began in the 1930s, but the canal quickly became a lightning rod for controversy. Steven Noll and David Tegeder trace the twists and turns of the project through the years, drawing on a wealth of archival and primary sources. Far from being a simplistic morality tale of good environmentalists versus evil canal developers, the story of the Cross Florida Barge Canal is a complex one of competing interests amid the changing political landscape of modern Florida. Thanks to the unprecedented success of environmental citizen activists, construction was halted in 1971, though it took another twenty years for the project to be canceled. Though the land intended for the canal was deeded to the state and converted into the Cross Florida Greenway, certain aspects of the dispute - including the fate of Rodman Reservoir - have yet to be resolved.
Canal Builders is a classic history book for anyone interested in the development of Britain's canal system. The book, which was first published in the 1970s, is now republished here in a new fifth edition. It takes the reader from the middle of the eighteenth century, to the start of the railway age in the early nineteenth century. Anthony Burton has revised and improved the original text, using new material that he has found in archives since it was first published, and has added many extra illustrations. This is the remarkable story of the many groups of people who were responsible for building Britain's canal system. There were industrialists such as Josiah Wedgwood, who promoted canals to help his own industry, and speculators, financed the projects in the hope of a good return. The work was planned by engineers, some of whom, such as James Brindley and Thomas Telford, have become famous, while others have remained virtually unknown but still did magnificent work. This is also the story of the great, anonymous army of men who actually did the work - the navvies. This was the first book ever to study the lives of these labourers in detail.Altogether it is an epic story of how the transport route that made the industrial revolution possible was built. 'Well planned and well written ...There is no better introduction to the early canal age.' The Economist
The Bristol Avon rises as a number of streams around the Gloucestershire-Wiltshire border in the southern Cotswolds. The crow needs only twenty miles to fly from some of these to the sea just beyond Bristol, but the river itself covers almost four times that distance. It flows in a great loop that takes it past the historic Wiltshire towns of Malmesbury, Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge, then into Somerset where it enhances the historic city of Bath. Further downstream is the great city of Bristol, which owes its great success as a trading port to the river's navigability and access to the sea, and finally the river reaches the Bristol Channel at Avonmouth. This book follows the river's course. The historic towns and cities it serves are featured, together with villages such as Lacock, famed for its abbey and as the home of the inventor of photography, and historic features such as the Dundas and Avoncliff aqueducts. Author Steve Wallis explores the river's past as an important transport route, linked to the Thames by the Kennet and Avon Canal, and the varied and often stunning landscape through which it flows.
John Cooper takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, which meanders through what is arguably one of the most picturesque stretches of inland waterway in the county. Using a vibrant selection of old picture postcards and photographs, together with superb modern-day images, we trace the history of the canal from its beginnings at the start of the early nineteenth century as an essential means of transporting raw materials to the new factories and mills, to its eventual decline in the mid-twentieth century and its renaissance with the emerging pleasure boat business. Canalside industries thrived, with firms like W. H. Walker of Rickmansworth, where many of the narrowboats on what was then the Grand Junction Canal were built; the highly successful John Dickinson paper mills, such as the one at Croxley; the Wander factory at Kings Langley, where once the world famous `Ovaltine' drink was produced; Toovey's flour mill and the Rose's Lime Juice wharf at Boxmoor. We visit the amazing Cassiobury Farm & Fisheries, an open working farm alongside the canal where rare breeds and exotic animals are kept, before witnessing some of the magnificent, historic narrowboats that have been lovingly restored by dedicated enthusiasts. Wandering past quaint waterside inns, we reach our destination - the attractive country, market town of Berkhamsted, with its ruins of the eleventh-century castle. Interesting anecdotes and a wealth of information abound in this well-illustrated book. Well-researched and in depth, this volume will appeal not only to canal and narrowboat enthusiasts, but also to local historians.
This entertaining andinformative book will be of practical benefit to all who discover the historicUnion Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canal, whether walking, cycling, boatingor visiting the Falkirk Wheel or the Kelpies in Scotland. CanalsAcross Scotland provides detailed towpath information, suggests what tosee and do along the way and in the towns passed. The book is full offascinating historical background, knowledgeable descriptions, practicalinformation, good stories and is beautifully illustrated. Side trips to theAntonine Wall, which stretches from the Firth of Forth to the Firth of Clyde, countryparks or to towns like Linlithgow, Falkirk, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch, often bycircular walks, are also described. The canals are forleisurely, timeless exploring during any season and this updated guide will bean essential companion. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE
A new life on the English Waterways... An informative and humorous new boater' s perspective of life on the Inland Waterways; charting their learning curve from calamitous collisions to confident competence, all fuelled by copious curries. Two humans, a dog the size of a small horse, petrol, gas, and curry, all in a confined space on a vessel we'd bought and only in theory knew how to operate. What could possibly go wrong? Dotted throughout is information on narrowboats, rivers, and canals, explored as we learn it on our own journeys, written in easy-to-follow layman's terms.
A resurgence in canal restoration has seen many British canals reopen in the past three decades, but many are still abandoned, some even vanished under roads, railways and buildings. Many thousands of route miles of canal and navigation once used to criss-cross the British Isles, serving collieries, iron mines, steelworks, towns and villages. From the start of the twentieth century onwards, many of these canals closed down as a result of lack of trade. Many of the lost canals are in the industrial belts of Scotland and Wales, with a smattering of Irish routes, from the Rockville Navigation via the Monkland Canal, now under the M74 motorway, and the Aberdare Canal. Andy Wood gives us a brief history of each of the lost canals, from the Athlone Canal to the Trewydda Canal.
A bestseller in hardback, this beautiful celebration of Britain's rich waterways heritage is now available in paperback for the first time. Through the superb photography of Derek Pratt, this lovely and quirky book looks at 50 transitional years when Britain's inland waterways changed from being a thriving commercial transport system to the much-loved pleasure cruising network it is today. Each double page spread juxtaposes superb atmospheric black and white photos of the locations as they were 50 years ago with vibrant colour photos showing how they look today, with many new photographs and updated captions for this edition. From quintessentially English rivers to London's busy canal network, this wonderful book highlights the architectural legacy and natural beauty that attracts thousands of visitors to go boating or walking along the towpaths.
From Cleveland to Portsmouth and Toledo to Cincinnati, two great canals and numerous connections and feeders laced Ohio with a thousand miles of waterways in the years before the Civil War. They were a major force in transforming Ohio from a frontier society to a leading agricultural and commercial state, but they were doomed by the arrival of the railroads. Today, they are all but vanished, except for the preservation efforts of some historical societies. The Ohio canals live again through the eye and hand of artist-historian Frank N. Wilcox. From his years of walking the canal ways and exploring the broken locks to searching old newspapers and musty records, Wilcox built this record. Through his art and writing he tells the story of canal location and construction; guides us through the intricacies of locks and their workings; and restores for today's readers the texture and flavor of this colorful era. Lynn Metzger and Peg Bobel reintroduce us to Wilcox's classic work that pioneered today's canal preservation movement.