Towpath Talk

Dredging the depths with the new kit

Hugh Dougherty went along to Linlithgow on the Union Canal to see Scottish Canals’ dredging team go into action with their new kit. Here’s what he brought up from the canal depths! ALASDAIR Hamilton,...

Characters of the cut

Julie Webb meets the couple for whom carrying coal has become a way of life. “OUR eyes met over a diesel pump!” said John Jackson, proprietor with his wife Jenny of the coal business...

Ilkeston announced as 2017 Festival of Water venue

THE Inland Waterways Association has announced Ilkeston on the Erewash Canal as the venue for its 2017 Festival of Water.  The annual event will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend next year,...

Time tells of Telford’s triumphs

Thomas Telford Through Time by John Christopher Reviewer: Kathryn Smith Thomas Telford Through Time, John Christopher’s highly illustrated book on Thomas Telford’s achievements condenses the passage of centuries as we view his great works,...

Social history in a Staffordshire village

A Rural Revolution by David R Roberts Reviewer: Harry Arnold AS THE publicised theme of A Rural Revolution, The History of a Staffordshire Family and Their Village is the story of a family involved...

The men who constructed Britain’s canals

The Canal Builders by Anthony Burton   Reviewer: Robert Davies ANTHONY Burton is an author and broadcaster who has specialised mainly in industrial and transport history. The Canal Builders was his first book within...

August 2016

Summer events galore are captured in all their colourful glory in the August issue of the UK’s number one read for waterways users. Towpath Talk has been out and about at shows, festivals and...

Cog

The bare roots of canal mechanics By Phillippa Greenwood. Images by Martine O’Callaghan THE ultimate marvel of Britain’s canals remains how still water manages to leap over hills, roll into valleys and tip into...

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