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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


Colours of the Cut

by Edward Paget-Tomlinson. Edited by Tony Lewery.

This is a paperback re-issue of this popular book by the Canal Book Shop detailing the traditional paintwork of narrow boats and river craft.


Cockerel's in the Cut

This is the autobiography/memoir of retired working boatman John Blunn. First published in 2008, this second edition (2016) includes additional material and illustrations, some now in colour.


Birmingham Canal Navigations 1950-1977

Compiled by Mike Harrison and published by the Club, this new book follows a photographic journey through the BCN at a time when the sights and sounds of this once heavily industrialised area could still be experienced, before the destruction of the many iconic buildings. It has been very well received with excellent reviews in the waterways press such as Waterways World, NarrowBoat, Towpath Talk, Canal Boat, The Blackcountryman, Boundary Post, the BCNS Journal.


A Boat Builder's Sketchbook

by Ken Keay

Read about the lost art of building wooden narrow boats. This is no colouring book for children, but a collection of beautifully drawn technical diagrams. A reprint of the original 1993 limited edition, with exclusive new material, a new introduction and new high resolution reproductions of Ken Keay's original drawings.

re-published by HNBC


Our Disappearing Heritage

By Val Roberts

A fascinating collection of photographs from around the waterways system, identifying where modern developments have impacted on historic sites. With contributions from HNBOC members.

Published by HNBOC in 2005

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