This first volume offers a captivating glimpse into the history of these waterways of the Golden Valley. The scenic beauty of their route provided photographers of 1870 to 1930 with a rich abundance of subjects, therefore both the commercial and pleasure aspects of the stretch from Eastington to Cirencester are well recorded. Here, Edwin Cuss and Mike Mills present valuable insights into the industrial history of the canals together with the many beautiful views and nostalgic moments which were captured by photographers during the canals' lifetime. The feeder systems, as well as the canals themselves, are depicted and this gives the reader a more complete view of the Severn ports where cargoes were loaded for shipment along the canals, the links with the Gloucester-Sharpness Canal and the Upper Thames reaches around Lechlade. As much of these two canals, especially the Thames and Severn, has been destroyed, this collection is a valuable record of how they appeared and were used before they were closed.