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Four Counties Ring and Caldon Canal

Book Review by Robert Davies A guide to the Four Counties Ring and Caldon Canal HERON MAPS was established in 2010 and since then has produced 12 maps in its Waterway Series. Its latest...

Northwich Through The Ages by Paul Hurley

Book Review by Harry Arnold A good example – but there could have been more THE format of this popular ‘Through The Ages’ format – a juxtaposition of old and modern photographs of the...

Writing the Thames by Christina Hardyment

Book review by Elizabeth Rogers The Thames’ place in literature FROM the accounts of the time during the Roman invasion when the River Thames proved a barrier to the progress of Julius Caesar, to recent royal jubilee pageant...

Ulster’s Inland Sea

Alison Alderton visits Lough Neagh – the largest lake in the British Isles. LINKED to the sea by the Lower Bann and bordered by five of Northern Ireland’s six counties, Lough Neagh is the...

A – Z of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Reviewer: Robert Davies EDWARD Paget-Tomlinson, who I was privileged to meet and sadly is no longer with us, was a maritime and waterways historian, artist, museum curator, one-time owner of Gifford (now in custody...

Mind The Gap by Joyce Neil

Be careful what you wish for! Reviewer: Kathryn Smith Mind the Gap is the cautionary tale of Joyce and David Neil’s turbulent transition from running a café to designing and commission a wide beam,...

Snowy by Berlie Doherty

New edition of children’s favourite Reviewer: Oliver Brooks, aged 7 A NEW edition of award-winning children’s book Snowy has been issued ahead of its author Berlie Doherty appearing at the Crick Boat Show to...

Characters of the cut: The Cheese Boat

Julie Webb meets ‘the cheesies’ who help to preserve a centuries-old tradition. FANS of Patrick O’Brian’s novels of shipboard life in Napoleonic times will remember how the two friends Aubrey and Maturin always followed...

Stephen to the rescue

Completing a 59ft narrowboat is the biggest single-handed project to date for its builder; Phil Pickin reviews the result. NB Doris was under construction when Milburn Boats ceased trading in the middle of 2015,...

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