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New and Recent Arrivals

The Narrowboat Guide

Tony Jones

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, etc.

Softback £18.99

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Narrowboat Life

Jim Batty

Comprehensive answers to all the questions you've wanted to ask about the ins and outs of liveaboard life on the inland waterways. Beautifully illustrated.

Softback   £18.99

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Historic Working Narrow Boats Today - 2

David Williams & Peter Silvester

Nearly 500 photographs of, and notes on, another 450 boats, together with a list of all the historic boats known to the authors.

Softback £19.95

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Rose & Castles

Jane Marshall

History of narrow boat decoration, ’master’ painters and present day painters. Practical guide on how to paint roses, castles, lettering and graining.

Softback   £18.95

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Canals in Britain

Tony Condor

The story of the British canal from its origins, through its heyday during the Industrial Revolution, to the effects of rail and road competition and its modern renaissance for leisure use.

Softback   £8.99

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The Canal Belongs To Me

Tony Byfield

The author drove a tractor towing barges from the towpath of the Grand Union Canal in the west London area in the 1950s-1960s; this is his story.

Softback £5.00

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On the Boats

Les Mason

Memories of time spent on and around the upper section of the Cromford Canal in the 1920s-1930s, until shortly before trade ceased in 1937.

Softback   £4.00

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The Twilight Years of Narrow Boat Carrying Mike Webb

Evocative photos, dating mainly from the 1960s, of working boats around Braunston, the Shropshire union, northern Trent & Mersey, and western end of BCN. Softback   £18.95

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Fatal Connections

David J Boulton

Sergeant Sam Spray and his assistant Constable William Archer explore the railways, canals and wild country of the White Peak after a murder.

Softback    £9.99

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Echoes Down the Line

David J Boulton

The Irish Potato Famine resonates with events thirty years later in the Peak District where a man is found shot in a railyard and a locked van has been broken into …

Softback    £9.99

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Narrow Boat Engine Maintenance and Repair

Stephanie L Horton, RCR

A practical, fully illustrated, guide to keeping your engine operational, with fault finding, servicing and general maintenance.

Hardback   £20.00

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Narrow Boats

Tom Chaplin

A history of narrow boats,life aboard for crews and families, commercial carrying, traditional painting - and their decline.



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Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals

Guide to the route of and places of interest along the Caldon Canal and (closed) Uttoxeter Canal.  Note that this is not a boating guide, but is very useful for boaters.



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The Standedge Tunnels

Trevor Ellis

A detailed history of the canal tunnel and three separate railway tunnels that bore through the Pennines at Standedge.

Softback  £7.50

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Canal and River Cruising Planner

Folded double sided detailed map of all canals and waterways (incl. those closed), with locks, distances, journey times, plus navigation authorities, canal societies etc.


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Ponds, Tonzs and Boorts

Tales from the Chesterfield Canal    David Bownes

(Pounds, Bends and Boats) The author has been involved with the canal for 65 years, and presents various stories from this time.  Well illustrated.

Softback  £7.50

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Leicester Line & R Nene

Canals covered: Grand Union Leicester line, Soar Navigation, Erewash, Grand Union Napton-Stoke Bruerne and Northampton Arm, River Nene, River Trent to Cromwell Lock.

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Waterways Journal Vol. 20

Traffic on the Upper Dee. Nationalisation and Inland waterways.  The early Pleasure Craft of British Waterways.  The Waterways Archive.  The Big Lift.


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Witching Hour

Leo McNeir

A swastika is daubed on a canal bridge, and the local Polish community is threatened.  Marnie is drawn into the turmoil, which might involve witchcraft….

Softback   £9.99

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Cabin Crochet, Bonnets & Belts  Waterways Museum Society

Large number of patterns for cabin crochet, plus patterns for a boatwoman’s bonnet and boatman’s spiderweb belt - all with full instructions.

Softback  £12.95

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