Before roads and rail, the industrial hubs of Great Britain were
linked to the ports by a network of manmade waterways. These canals
fell into disuse in the early part of the twentieth century, but in
the last fifty years they have undergone a complete revival. These
newly transformed waterways have become attractive destinations,
and for newcomers to a city, walking its waterways will unlock
famous highlights as well as hidden delights. And that is just what
this book does too. With the lavish colour photography for which he
is renowned, Britain's 'biographer photographer' Derek Pratt
explores all the major cities and towns linked by waterways,
bringing to life the canals and their environs with images that are
stunning, stylish and beautiful. Through interesting, informative
and typically quirky text, Derek also reveals a whole treasure
trove of fascinating things most people don't know about these
industrial landscapes, whilst also explaining the commercial
history of the waterways, their subsequent decline and recent
revitalisation. Towns and cities covered include: London, Oxford,
Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Stoke on Trent and the
Potteries, Leeds, Gloucester, Reading, Birmingham and the Black
Country, Rugby, Worcester, Coventry, Leicester, Nottingham and
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