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Man of Iron

by Julian Glover

Thomas Telford's name is familiar; his story less so. Born in 1757 in the Scottish Borders, his father died in his infancy, plunging the family into poverty. Telford's life soared to span almost eight decades of gloriously obsessive, prodigiously productive energy. Few people have done more to shape our nation.


The Trouble with Canals

by John Liley

John Liley has been writing about canals for longer than most of us can remember.  His ever popular Journeys of the Swan was published in 1971.  John’s new book (a long time coming, some would say) looks at the canals in Britain, and to a lesser extent France and the near-Continent.


Roses & Castles

by Jane Marshall

Jane Marshall, of the canal oriented Day-Star Theatre, will be well-known to many HNBC members.  She also runs courses on traditional narrow boat decoration, and this book is based on her 20+ years of experience. 


Historic Working Narrow Boats Today - 2

by David Williams and Peter Silvester

The second volume of this book contains photos of 450 former working boats, with short notes on each.


A Rural Revolution

by David R Roberts

The history of a Staffordshire family & their village.


On the Boats

by Les Mason

Memories of time spent on and around the Cromford Canal


The Flower of Gloster


This popular children's adventure features a star who is 72 feet long and painted in cheerful shades of red and yellow.


Boatwoman's Bonnet

by Mary Parry

A brief history of the traditional boatwoman's bonnet and instructions for making your own pattern and bonnet.


Border Canals - Middlewich to Llangollen

by Ray Shill This book covers the Wardle Canal (all 97 yards of it!), the Shropshire Union’s Middlewich Arm, the Ellesmere and Chester, and the Ellesmere and Montgomery Canals. Ray presents historical commentary on each canal, accompanied by a wide variety of old and more recent photographs.


Boatman's Spider Belt

by Mary Parry

A brief history and instructions for making your own belt