The 'Canal Age', although short, was revolutionary, responsible for opening up Britain to the Industrial Revolution, much as the Internet is now opening up the world in the Information Revolution.
Rural people flocked to factories and mills, their life and environment, and the shape of the nation
and the world, being irreversibly changed.
Then Canal People drifted apart from land locked 18th and 19th century Britain, developing their own free-floating canal culture, traditions,
customs, ways of work and dress.
There's a lot of history alongside our canals as well, taking you to the heart of famous cities such as Chester
and Warwick, through historic sites such as civil war battlefields and past stately homes, castles and follies.
'Roses & Castles' and narrowboat and barge signwriting and decoration are strikingly unique, and
their origins are mysterious. Our full section has been specially written for us by the
acknowledged expert, Tony Lewery.