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The Architecture of Canals


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The Architecture of Canals

The canals of Britain are made even more interesting by the various structures that are found along them. These structures include bridges, locks, tunnels, aqueducts, cottages, pubs, and workshops. This book takes a closer look at the intriguing structures that enabled the canals to function during their commercial heyday and continue to be appreciated today by those who enjoy boating and walking.

Canal engineers often used local materials but had to adapt their designs to accommodate the terrain or the local landowner. This resulted in a wide range of styles and features. Bridges, for instance, were either single-arched to cross narrow water or designed to be manoeuvrable and cost-effective. Some were even decorated to match nearby stately homes, while others were ingeniously constructed to allow towropes to pass through.


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Derek Pratt



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