In 1955, Robert Aickman, one of the founders of the Inland Waterways Association nine years earlier, wrote of his "Seven Wonders of the Waterways". Although this was Aickman's personal choice, most canal historians, commentators and enthusiasts still agree with Aickman's selection. The SevenWonders are illustrated on the front cover.
Five of the Wonders date from the Georgian age, when most canals were built (the late 18th and early 19th centuries), but two are later, from Victorian times (the last quarter of the 19th century) and feature hydraulic engineering, unavailable earlier.
One of the Wonders, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, is now part of a World Heritage Site, and most are Scheduled Monuments or listed structures.
John Suggitt tells the history and background of all Seven Wonders, illustrated with many photographs, and specially drawn maps and diagrams.
This book also provides an informative background for those who are visiting the Seven Wonders of the Inland Waterways.