British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket

British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket

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British Canals An illustrated history by Charles Hadfield 1959 w/ dust jacket
 
British Canals an Illustrated History by Charles Hadfield
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
291 pages
Copyright 1959 First edtion 1950, this completely revised edition 1959

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Plates
Facing page
I. Canal seals, (a) Somersetshire Coal canal, (b) Thames and Severn canal, (c) Monmouthshire canal, (d) Monmouthshire Railway and canal, (e) Stratford upon Avon canal navigation64
II. The opening of the Glastonbury canal65
III. A barge, bow-hauled by two men, approaching the Golden Valley end of the Sapperton tunnel on the Thames and Severn canal80
IV. A canal boatwoman in her cabin81
V. Canal scenes in town and country144
VI. A canal family at work145
VII. The Manchester Ship canal, (a) the entrance locks at Eastham, (b) alongside the estuary of the Mersey160
VIII. Canal engineering, (a) an aqueduct, (b) the Anderton lift 161
Plates I and II are reproduced by permission of British Railways (Vestern Region);
Plate VII (a) by permission of the Manchester Ship canal Company.

Illustrations in TextPage
1. The young Duke of Bridgewater pointing to the Barton aqueduct over the River IrwellFront.
2. A packhorse train16
3. The Barton aqueduct over the River Irwell on the Duke of Bridgewater's Canal24-5
4. The first page of the Act of 1720 for making the rivers Mersey and Irwell navigable27
5. The basin at Worsley, showing the canal entrances to the coal mine30
6. Token issued by John Pinkerton to the workmen on the Basingstoke Canal  41
7. The cost of a meeting of the Commissioners during the building of the Monmouthshire Canal44
8. A share certificate47
9. Donkeys towing a canal boat59
10. A contemporary newspaper illustration of the Regent's Park explosion60-1
11. The inclined plane at Ketley shown on a token64
12. A bill for a steam engine rendered by Boulton and Watt66
13. Toll ticket showing the tonnage carried, the commodity, and the toll paid68
14. Boatwoman and baby73
15. Opening the paddles of a lock75
16. Thames & Severn Canal token. On the left is a Severn trove, on the right an entrance to Sapperton tunnel87
17. The first canal office at Birmingham92
18. Cross section of the trough, towpath and supports of the Pontcysyllte aqueduct100
19. The Chirk aqueduct and tunnel on the Ellesmere Canal101
20. The Pontcysyllte aqueduct on the Ellesmere Canal102
21. A scene on the Regent's Canal, showing a pair of Pick-ford's boats105
22. Token issued by the proprietor of the River Stort122
23. Three cross sections of the Exeter Canal140
24. Token of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal144
25.  Token showing a Tyne keel149
26. The two Harecastle tunnels162
27. Cross section of the new Harecastle tunnel163
28. A cart boat and a tramroad waggon boat167
29. A mixed goods and passenger boat and a `swift' boat169
30. Passenger timetable (front)171
31. Passenger timetable (back)172
32. Chart of speed tests with a canal passenger boat, showing speeds up to      12.3 m.p.h., made on the Grand Junction Canal near Paddington on 6 April 1833174
33. A list of canal share prices and dividends178
34. Seal of the Norwich & Lowestoft Navigation Company184
35. The first plan of 1772 for a canal from Stockton to Darlington. The idea was revived later, but a railway was finally chosen197
36. An example of heavy price-cutting202
37. A canal is closed in order that a railway may be built on its
banks211
38. The Bridgewater Canal Trustees were themselves carriers. A notice of 1847  219
39. Canoeing through the Sapperton tunnel on the Thames & Severn Canal226
40. A canal child234
41.  The Foxton inclined plane244
42. Punch envisages the Manchester Ship Canal249
Not. 7, 12, 13, 33, 36, 17 and 38 are reproduced by permission of the Archivist of the British Transport Commission's Historical Records; Nos. 30 and 31 by permission of the Shrewsbury Public Library.

DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION:
This substantial work was first published in 195o. Much of the original book has been completely re-written for this new edition to make use of material that the author has recently found in his researches.
It is the first history of British canals and it deals also with the navigable rivers associated with them. The author covers the whole of the story from the early days of "flash-locks" and barge masters at war with the mill owners for right of passage to the report of the Bowes Committee in 1958.
Mr. Hadfield's book is illustrated by more than forty prints. In addition there are fifteen maps (many full-page size), most of which have been specially drawn for the volume. It will interest not only the student of history but also the open-air enthusiast who will suspect rightly that behind the quiet of the towpath there lies many a romantic and dramatic story.
The Author
CHARLES HADFIELD has liked canals for more than thirty years. The local canal interested him at school. He sought out its history and ever since then he has spent many holidays exploring canals and much time reading their records. He was one of the founders of the Railway and Canal Historical Society and is the author of The Canals of Southern England (see back flap of wrapper) and of Introducing Canals: A Guide to British Waterways Today (Benn, 1955: 16s net).
WITH MANY ILLUSTRATIONS AND MAPS

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