Britain's Canals is a charming and insightful exploration into the
amazing architecture and engineering wonders that surround
Britain's inland waterways - from the awe-inspiring 30-lock flight
on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, to the delightful
chocolate-box lock-keepers' cottages that line the cut of every
canal, to masterpieces such as the 18-arch Pontcysyllte aqueduct,
the highest aqueduct in the world, to beautiful bridges, grand
company buildings, the social hubs that were, and still are,
canal-side pubs, plus so much more. In contrast to many inland
waterways books which are organised geographically by canal,
Britain's Canals is structured thematically, with chapters covering
the line (the shape of the canal), locks and lock cottages,
bridges, aqueducts, lifts and planes, company buildings, wharves,
basins and quays and finally the canal-side pub. Each chapter
explores how these features were created and have changed through
history, right through to the present, with plenty of ideas for
places to visit - plus full information on how to get to them. An
abundance of full-colour photography throughout, both historical
and modern-day, will delight readers and inspire them to explore
Britain's wondrous inland waterways, whether on boat, by foot or by
bike. In Britain's Canals, two inland waterways experts and admired
authors come together to produce the definitive word on the
man-made wonders that make Britain's canals so special, so loved
and enjoyed by so many.
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