The story of Britain's canals reads like a history of the Industrial Revolution. It was the growth of canals in the late eighteenth century that made possible and, in fact, created the need for many of thetechnological advances of the time. The legacy they have left is used by millions every day for leisure pursuits, for fishing, for walking the dog and for the obvious use of boating. This book helps to describe what can be seen today and to relate this to the history and technology of the period. Covering the canals of England and Wales this is the best companion to our waterways heritage. Volume one of three of a history of Britain's canal network through the extant remains. Taking us from the original construction of the canal network through to the conservation and leisure uses of today.