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Canal Heritage Books

The history and heritage of canals in the UK is a fascinating topic that takes us back to the time of the industrial revolution. Canals were crucial for the transportation of goods and raw materials across the country during this period, and their construction was a feat of engineering that revolutionised the way we think about transportation. The engineers who designed and built these canals were true pioneers of their time, and their legacy lives on today in the form of the canal network that still exists.

The industrial revolution was a time of great change, and the construction of the canal network was one of the most significant developments of this era. The canals were instrumental in the growth of industry and commerce, and they played a vital role in the transportation of goods and raw materials that were essential for the development of the country. The canal network also had a significant impact on the growth of cities and towns, and many of these places owe their existence to the canals.

Canal Heritage

The canal network in the UK is a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the engineers who designed and built it. These canals were constructed using a combination of traditional engineering techniques and innovative new methods that were developed specifically for this purpose. The canals were built to be efficient and cost-effective, and they were designed to transport goods quickly and safely across the country.

Today, the canal network in the UK is a valuable part of our national heritage. It is a reminder of the ingenuity and creativity of our ancestors and a testament to the role that engineering has played in the development of our country. The canals are also a popular tourist attraction, with many people coming to see the locks, bridges, and tunnels that make up the network. The canal system has also been recognized for its importance, with many sections of the network being designated as heritage sites.


The books are split into the following categories:

Jack Allen
  • Boaters & Boatmen

    Canal boaters and boatmen were a unique and tight-knit community that truly embodied the meaning of hard work and family. These individuals were born and brought up on the waterways, and their lives revolved around the rhythm of the canals.

Roses and castles
  • Canal Arts and Crafts

    Canal arts and crafts are a unique form of folk art that has been around since the birth of canals in the early 1800s. This form of art is closely associated with the canals, where it was first developed by the working-class people who lived and worked on the canals.

Anderton Boat Lift
  • Canal Engineering

    Canal engineering and architecture is a fascinating field that details the planning, design, and construction of canals, locks, bridges, and buildings. The history of canal engineering dates back to the birth of the industrial revolution when canals began to be been used for transportation.

Canal History
  • History of Canals

    Canals were crucial to the development of trade, commerce, and transportation in the 18th and 19th centuries; and their history is fascinating. They connected major cities and towns, and allowed the movement of goods and raw materials from rural areas to industrial hubs.

Canal restoration
  • Canal Restoration

    Many canals across the UK were closed due to a lack of trade, and over time, they fell into disrepair. Thanks to the efforts of canal enthusiasts and societies, these canals are being restored to their former glory. While many miles of canal have already been restored, there is still much to do.

Anderton Boat Lift
  • Canal Structures

    Canal Structures Books Canal structures including bridges, aqueducts, tunnels, locks, and boat lifts, are an essential part of the canal system. The construction of these structures requires careful planning, engineering, and design to ensure their safety and longevity.

Commercial carrying
  • Commercial Carrying

    Canals were originally built in the 18th and 19th centuries to transport coal and other heavy goods across the country. These waterways provided a fast and reliable mode of transportation that connected major cities and towns when roads were still tracks and railways hadn't been built.

Narrowboat illustration
  • L.T.C. (Tom) Rolt & Charles Hadfield

    L.T.C. Rolt and Charles Hadfield are two of the most renowned figures in the field of canal preservation. Both authors were instrumental in highlighting the importance of preserving canals and their rich history.

Narrowboat
  • Narrowboats & Barges

    For centuries, canals and inland waterways have been an important part of transportation - both for commercial and pleasure activities - utilising  narrow boats, barges and other river craft. Many types have developed each to suit its purpose and the waterways on which it was used.

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