new book on Northern Canal History and Folk Art
Published May 2009
Traditional Paintwork on Leeds & Liverpool Canal Boats
17cm x 24cm landscape, 88 pages
60 colour and 80 b&w photos, 30 colour and 21 line drawings, 1 map.
Milepost Research, 8 Green Bank, Barnoldswick, BB18 6HX.
Tel: 01282 850430; Email:
painted decoration of working boats on the Leeds & Liverpool
Canal was one of the most colourful of Britainís folk
traditions. It was last used in the early 1960s, but despite
being less than fifty years ago, no record of its origins and
styles had been written until now. The two authors could not be
more suitable ó Mike Clarke has already written extensively
about the canalís history, while Sam Yates served his time as a
boat builder at Hodsonís Boatyard at Whitebirk, near Blackburn,
and undertook the decorative painting for several years before
boat repair at the yard ceased in 1964.
The book looks at the variation between the traditions in
Lancashire and Yorkshire. It then considers the traditionís
origins through boat, church and house decoration across Europe,
comparing them to what was found on the canal. Finally, paint
work at Hodsons boatyard is described in detail, along with
details from other yards on the canal, with examples of the
designs and colours used. After reading this book, it should be
possible for the tradition to be better appreciated and,
hopefully, used on the canal today.
The book costs £16.50 inc P&P
for delivery within the UK.
Delivery within the EU costs an additional £1.50 for P&P.
Delivery to the rest of the World costs an additional £2.50 P&P.
3 pages can be sampled
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