Explores Great Britain's countryside and transport links. This title not only offers insights into the routes and uses of the canals themselves, but also commentary on rural features and social life in and around the canals that had had such an important industrial impact throughout the later Georgian and Victorian eras.
In the Victorian era, the name Bradshaw became synonymous with reliable information on travelling the nation's blossoming network of railways. Published in 1904, Canals and Navigable Rivers was the first guide to planning journeys on the inland waterways of England and Wales. Noting bridges, locks, distances and commercial use, it explores the routes, operation and history of the network, and gives commentary on the areas through which it passed. Compiled at a time when the railways had largely supplanted the waterways, it paints a fascinating portrait of the Edwardian canal system as it began to fall into gentle decay. It now offers a different perspective for canal boaters and walkers, and gives invaluable information about waterways now lost.
By Henry Rodolph de Salis
'Congratulations to [Old House] on republishing this, which is the most important source book for all canal historians. And at such a low price too - only GBP15 - which is only a fraction of the amount I paid for my copy twenty years ago.' --Peter Brown, Railway & Canal Historical Society
After the success of his pioneering guidebooks to the railways of Great Britain, George Bradshaw's continued his exploration of the nation's countryside and transport links in this companion to the waterways of England and Wales. "Canals and Navigable Rivers" not only offers fascinating insights into the routes and uses of the canals themselves, but commentary on rural features and social life in and around the canals that had had such an important industrial impact throughout the later Georgian and Victorian eras.
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