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Shakespeare’s Avon

The History of a Navigation

Jamie Davies

History of the river from the 15th century, to the future, when the navigation may be completed to Warwick and the Grand Union Canal.  Softback


Birmingham Canal Navigations & West Midlands   1  2

Midlands Canals

A History of the Canal Carriers

Robert Davies

The men, women and children of all ages who lived and worked on the inland waterways experienced a spartan existence.  Softback


The Birmingham Canal Navigations Through Time

R H Davies

The main line canal; Dudley and Stourbridge canals; also Walsall and Wolverhampton. Also images of vanished canals.  Softback  £14.99

Tales from the West Midlands Canals

R H Davies

The experiences and voices of the people who lived and worked along the canal banks, with some of the colourful local characters.

Softback   £12.99

Boats, Smoke, Steam and Folk

Robert Davies

Exploring the canals of the Midlands, this book will encourage the reader to move from his armchair and into this living piece of history.

Softback  £12.99

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Stratford Canal

Nick Billingham

The Stratford Canal was built to link Stratford-upon-Avon to the industrial Black Country.

After much fell derelict, it was the first canal to be restored.



Canals of Shropshire

Richard Morris

The story of Shropshire's canals from humble beginnings to Thomas Telford's mighty aqueducts - from canal mania to decline, neglect and rebirth

Softback   £6.99

Staffordshire Waterways

David Owen

History and description of all waterways in Staffordshire:

BCN, Caldon, Coventry, Newcastle, Shropshire Union, Staffs & Worcs, Trent & Mersey Canals, and R Trent.

Softback £4.99

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A Boot Up The Shropshire Union Canal   Mike Cope

10 leisure walks based on the canal between Brewood and Market Drayton, fully illustrated and with maps of each walk.

Hardback  £4.99

The Other Sixty Miles

Richard Chester-Browne

A survey of the abandoned canals of Birmingham and the Black Country, with photographs and line drawings.  (Published 1991)



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The Warwick Canals

Alan Faulkner

Formation of the two main companies; the prosperous years; railway competition and a new canal project brought the ignominy of receivership.  Softback


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Wyrley & Essington Canal Through Time

Ray Shill

The development of the canal, its fascinating history, and changes over the years, via photographs.



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The Birmingham Canal Navigations 1950 to 1977

As seen through the lens of Philip Weaver.  Superb collection of period photographs, assembled by Mike Harrison and Val Roberts for HNBC

Softback £12.00

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The Shropshire Union Canal Peter Brown

Four canals totalling 200 miles were combined in the 1840s; this book covers history, later railway ownership, decline, partial closure, nationalisation, revival and part restoration.

Hardback   £35.00

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Black Country Canals

Paul Collins

These canals were built to serve the steel, coal, lime and glass industries. Now much of the heavy industry has gone, but many of the canals remain.  Softback


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The BCN in Pictures

BCN Society

B/w photos of the BCN in the past, and recent colour photos, taken around the system, to celebrate 250 years of the canal arriving in Birmingham.

Softback   £13.95

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