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Abandoned & Vanished Canals of Ireland, Scotland & Wales

Andy Wood

A brief history of many lost canals, from the Athlone Canal to the Trewydda Canal, via the Glasgow, Paisley & Ardrossan Canal.

Softback  £15.99

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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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A-Z of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Edward Paget-Tomlinson, Ray Shill

26 drawings of aspects of the BCN over the years, with detailed historical notes, and many old and recent photos.

Softback £15.95

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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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Waterways of Britain

Jonathan Mosse

Exploring Britain’s most beautiful canals and rivers. Discover a hidden countryside packed with wildlife and industrial heritage. (Previously The Times Waterways of Britain) Softback   £16.99

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Border Canals: Middlewich to Llangollen   Ray Shill

Past and present photos of the Llangollen and Montgomery Canals, and Middlewich Arm/Wardle Canal, with historical commentary.



The Flower of Gloster (DVD)

Granada TV’s 1967 children’s adventure, covering the delivery of a 72’ narrow boat from the Llangollen Canal to a customer in the Pool of London.  Superb period footage of the canals as they were 50 years ago!

2 x DVDs, 5hrs 15 mins.

£19.95 inc VAT

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The Canal Pioneers

Anthony Burton

Canal Construction from 2500BC (Ancient Egypt) to early 20th century. An exciting story of canal development and the many men who made it possible.  

Hardback   £25.00

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The Canal Builders

Anthony Burton

Updated 5th edition. The remarkable story of the many groups of people who were responsible for building Britain's canal system.

Hardback   £19.99

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Thomas Telford

Anthony Burton

Master builder or roads and canals - and bridges, and much else.  Telford brought about a revolution in transport and civil engineering.

Hardback   £19.99

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Waterways Journal Vol. 19 Dee Navigation improvement plans between 1836 and 1854; The Patent Slip and Associated Buildings at Ellesmere Port; Steam on the River Weaver; Holt Abbott – a pioneer in canal cruisers; John Wilkinson, his role in the ore trade.

Softback £7.99

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Living on the Waterways

Nick Corble/Allan Ford

Guidance on living aboard - mooring, engines, heating, cooking, sanitation, furnishing, finances, doctors, post etc.



Lancaster Canal

Ed: John Laws

Updated 6th edition. Detailed illustrated guide to the canal, plus the Ribble Link and Glasson Dock branch. Ideal for boaters and walkers.

Wire-O bound


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Landscape with Canals

LTC Rolt

New edition of that part of Rolt’s autobiography relating to his canal journeys, getting into print (“Narrow Boat”), founding the IWA, etc.



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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.

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The Trouble With Canals

John Liley

A look at John Liley’s life with canals - involvement with Robert Aickman and BW senior managers in the 1960s, editing Motor Boat and Yachting, boating in Europe.

Softback £19.95

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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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