CANALS IN BRITAIN
In just 78 pages this book takes us on a rapid tour through hundreds of years of our waterways history. Despite its small size, the author (a former Curator of the British Waterways museums collection for 25 years) manages to include everything of importance, starting with the Romans and other early canal-builders and leading through the era of river navigations to the start of the Canal Age. The development of the network is covered, from the Canal Mania speculation to the practical side of working the waterways; followed by the impact of the railways on the smaller canals and the continuing development of the larger waterways. The effect of two World Wars, the decline in carrying on the narrow canals, nationalisation, the development of leisure boating, waterway restoration and the creation of the Canal & River Trust complete the story.
Canals in Britain, Tony Conder, £8.99, Bloomsbury Shire, shirebooks.co.uk, 978-1-78442-050-5