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Colours of the Cut

Edward Paget-Tomlinson

The colour schemes of most narrow boat and other canal boat operators, beautifully illustrated with edward’s paintings.  Also many b/w period photos, and notes. Softback   £24.95


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 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 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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Thomas Telford Through Time    John Christopher

Contrasting old and new images, John Christopher examines Telford’s principal works to highlight his diverse, but often overshadowed, achievements.

Softback  £14.99

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The Canals of Harley Crossley   Barbara Crossley

Wide selection of the late Harley Crossley’s oil paintings of canal and waterways scenes all over the system, with notes on the canals.

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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.

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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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Cockerel’s in the Cut

John Blunn

Remembering a working boatman’s life, with Claytons, FMC and Barlows, then maintenance with BW. Lots of anecdotes, describing hardship and enjoyment, humour.

Softback £10.95

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Warwickshire Ring and Ashby Canal

Folded double sided detailed map, with brief history, colour pictures, places of interest, boat yards and facilities, hire bases, maximum craft dimensions, etc.


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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.



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Getting Into Muddy Waters

DH Clacher/Stephen Preedy

Can Jolly Boatman resist the temptation of the River Thames? Will the British boats and their American cousins see off Thunderguts on their Hudson River escapade? Softback  £7.99

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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.


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