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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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A Summer on the Nene

BB - illustrations by DJ Watkins-Pritchard

Reprint of 1967 classic of an idle, golden summer boating on the Nene by well-known naturalist.  Wonderful scraperboard illustrations  Softback £15.95

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Forging Ahead

Matthew Armitage

History of Tooley’s Boatyard at Banbury, working on boats for 240 years, with the oldest inland dry dock.  Particular reference to Rolt and the Tooleys.

Softback   £11.99

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Around Britain by Canal Anthony Burton

A reprint of the 1983 book Back Door Britain. A thousand mile-long trip around England by canal. Beautiful countryside, and creeping round the edge of industrial towns.  Hardback   £25.00

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The Canal Line

Jerry Murland

The 1940 fighting along the canal in northern France from Gravelines through St Omer, Bèthune, and La Bassée, with contemporary photos, plus car tours and walks.

Softback  £14.99

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Waterways in the Making

Edward Paget-Tomlinson

New edition of 1996 book describing how canals were built in the first place, and later, how they are maintained.  Large number of sketches by the author.

Softback £15.95

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Ships of the Chester River Richard Martin

History of the more than 600 vessels launched after 1800 in the Dee estuary in Chester and N Wales, and the families and companies that built them.

Softback   £16.00

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The Seven Wonders of the Inland Waterways John Suggitt

A history and description of the Anderton Lift, Barton Swing Aqueduct, Bingley Five-Rise, Burnley Embankment, Devizes Locks, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Standedge Tunnel.

Softback £12.95

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Off the Mainline   Tony Lewery

‘Reflections on a Life with Canals’ - a series of articles on canal heritage, boats, architecture and history by an acknowledged expert on canal decoration and history.   

Softback £16.95

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Waterways Journal Vol. 21

Bridgewater boat-building at Bangor-on-Dee. Vessels operated by the Chester Leadworks. The Manchester Ship Canal hospital at Ellesmere Port. The Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation Company.


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World Heritage Canal

Paul A Lynn

This book looks at Telford’s superb work at and around the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and puts it into its historical and social context.



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Canals Across Scotland

Hamish Brown

Discover the Union Canal and the Forth & Clyde Canals, whether walking, cycling, boating or visiting the Falkirk Wheel or the Kelpies - history, practical information, descriptions.

Softback  £16.99

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