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The late Ed­ward Paget-Tom­lin­son is well known in canal cir­cles for his Il­lus­trat­edHis­to­ry­ofCanal&River Nav­i­ga­tions, an in­valu­able source of facts and in­for­ma­tion for any­one in­ter­ested in wa­ter­ways his­tory. Less well known is a se­ries of 26 ar­ti­cles he wrote for the BCN So­ci­ety’s mag­a­zine Bound­ary Post be­gin­ning in the late 1990s, one for each let­ter of the al­pha­bet. This book re­pro­duces that se­ries of ar­ti­cles. The al­pha­bet­i­cal se­quence in­cludes lo­ca­tions on the net­work (A for An­gle­sey Basin, F for Farmer’s Bridge Locks), com­mon fea­tures found along the wa­ter­ways ( L for Lime­stone Kilns), BCN boats (J is for James Loader) and car­goes ( Z for Zinc). Il­lus­trated with the orig­i­nal line draw­ings plus added pho­to­graphs, it makes for a truly orig­i­nal way of pre­sent­ing canal his­tory.

A–ZoftheBirm­ing­hamCanalNav­i­ga­tions, edited by Martin O’Ke­effe and Peter Sil­vester, Canal Book Shop, canal­book­shop.co.uk, £15.95, 978-0-9574037-8-9

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