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New and Recent Arrivals

The Midlands Canals in 1871, The Evidence of Census    Barrie Trinder

This book re-peoples the canals, looking at traffics on every nook and cranny, by reference to the 1871 Census.

Much valuable data.

Softback   £14.95

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Crime on the Canals

Anthony Poulton-Smith

For almost two centuries most goods travelled on the canals. This also attracted felons of all kinds and yet these many tales had been ignored, until now.

Softback  £12.99

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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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Harecastle’s Canal and Railway Tunnels

Allan C Barker, Mike G Fell OBE

A detailed illustrated historic review of the two canal and three railway tunnels constructed through Harecastle Hill near Kidsgrove, Staffs.

Hardback £25.00

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Guilt Trip

CS Sidaway

John T Ackroyd was involved in a collier falling into a boat under 40 tons of coal; he left the scene, only to regret his actions.  Remorse follows …



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Waterways Journal vol. 22

Bridgewater Boat Building at Bangor–on-Dee, Part 2. Preston Brook: mission boats, school boats. Pleasure boating in the Mersey area in the 1950s. Company Minutes of Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd. City Road Basin and its people in the 19th century.  Softback £8.99

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A Kid off the Bank

CS Sidaway

Josh was apprenticed to a family working on the canals. He revisits the canal with his 10 year old son, telling of the past, and seeing what has changed.  Softback


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Care on the Cut
Dr Della Sadler-Moore, Lorna York, Christopher M Jones
Health and wellbeing of boaters on the Grand Union Canal 1805-1962, and the story of Sister Mary Ward, the boaters’ nurse at Stoke Bruerne.

Ellison’s Winter

David Blagrove

His only novel - superb storytelling of intrigue and National security, with a considerable canal background from an author who really knew the subject.

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Britain’s Canals

Anthony Burton, Derek Pratt

Discover the amazing architecture and engineering wonders that make Britain’s canals so special, so loved and enjoyed by so many.



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James Smart of Chalford

Hugh Conway-Jones

Working life of coal merchant and carrier James Smart and his associates on the Cotswold canals and linked waterways in the 1880s/1890s.

Softback £18.00

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John Knill’s Navy

Sir John Knill

The story of Knill’s five years in narrow boat carrying from 1948, ultimately operating a small fleet. This second edition is published on 10 August.



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Working Boats

Rger Alsop & Graham Dodkins

A 1985 recreation of Roger Alsop’s 1960s coal runs down the Grand Union Canal with GU boats Comet and Barnes; comment on what had changed in 20 years.

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I Dig Canals - How Women Helped Save the Waterways

Ed. Heather Wastie

The involvement of women in canals since WW2 - protesting against closure,  campaigning, working parties - in personal stories and poems.

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A Foodie Afloat

Di Murrell

The story of a cook’s journey through France on a barge. Di takes us on a gentle journey across France. There’s an eclectic mix of simplicity and sophistication in her cooking and recipes.

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