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Where Other Waters Flow

Tales From The Towpath
Where Other Waters Flow
Up The Cut
Birmingham Canal Navigations
Cotswold Canals
Folk On The Water
The Hatton Flight
The Hereford & Gloucester Canal
Lichfield & Hatherton
Bosworth Summit Pound - A Story
L. T. C. Rolt 1910 - 1974
Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal
Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival
The Bold Navigators
Lost Routes
Contemporary Campbells

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust

A Place To Begin

The National Waterways Museum
The National Waterways Museum, Gloucester, UK

History tells us that although there were a few earlier canals, the Duke of Bridgewater's canal from his mines at Worsley to Manchester, engineered by perhaps the greatest of canal engineers, James Brindley, was the beginning of the canal age. This cut was completed in 1761, and the canal age lasted until 1838 when the London to Birmingham railway was opened bringing along stiff railway competition to the waterways network. During the intervening years, over 300 Acts of Parliament were passed authorising the building of a variety of canals throughout the United Kingdom. Brindley became involved in many of these projects and he dreamed of constructing a 'grand cross' of canals connecting England's four major rivers, the Severn, Trent, Mersey and Thames. This finally came about but not until many years after his death.
Among the great canal engineers alongside James Brindley were William Jessop and Thomas Telford.
He had a share in Golden Hill colliery and was a partner of his brother John in the Longport Pottery. His brother John brought land in the vicinity of the proposed canal at advantageous terms and in 1773 (before the canal was opened) built two factories at Longport. James Brindley married Anne Henshall on 8 December 1765 at Wolstanton church, and had two daughters, Susannah and Anne. He also had a natural son, John Bennett (1760-99), from whom Arnold Bennett the novelist descended.
In all, he was responsible for a network of canals totaling about 360 miles (580 km). The improvement in communications helped to hasten the Industrial Revolution. Brindley, a self-made engineer, undertook all his works without written calculations or drawings, leaving no records except the works themselves.
He died at Turnhurst on 27 September 1772 and was buried in the churchyard at Newchapel

British Waterways

The Erewash Canal at Long Eaton
Long Eaton.Three canals served the Nottingham coalfields only the Erewash remains navigable

A very large selection of photographs
featuring the inland waterways
of Great Britain

  Forth and Clyde Canal
The Millenium Link
 arguably the most exciting
current canal restoration project.

two and a half years on the
canals of England and Wales
with Roger and Maureen Yorke

waterways photographer
  The Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal

The Wendover Arm Trust is a charity
dedicated to restoring the Wendover Arm
of the Grand Union Canal which runs from
the Tring Summit at Bulbourne
to the town of Wendover.

London's Lost Route to the Sea

Birmingham & Black Country Canals
Past & Present
about the River Thames, and the places
and people on its banks.
to be found on our
The Prospect Before Us website
Waterways Of Stoke-on-Trent
 the frantic rush to build canals to feed
the Industrial Revolution, Staffordshire
was at the heart of the action. There
are more miles of canals within its
boundaries than any other county in England

the page about the canals of England 
on our The Prospect Before Us website
that was the beginnings of  this website

some pictures(where noted) are web site
to whom massive thanks go out.

Cotswold Canal Trust

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