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Bread upon the Waters

By David Blagrove

David Blagrove descibes the last years of regular narrow-boat traffics on the Grand Union Canal and connecting waterways. He writes with great feeling of the difficulties faced by canal carriers and boatmen in the 1960s, including the ‘great freeze’ of 1962/3.


The Canal Belongs to Me

by Tony Byfield

Describing the life of a towpath tractor driver, Tony Byfield brings the post-war years of commerce on the London canals vividly to life.


Canal Boat Cabin Crochet - The Joan Turpin Collection

By Ann Gardiner

"Joan taught herself to crochet and started by making clothes for her young granddaughters. She then learnt to work patterns from charts and to chart her own designs, many of which were copied from photographs of narrow boat back cabins." 

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Canal Crochet of the Inland Waterways - Book 1

By Janet M Reeve 

A history with ten traditional patterns

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Canal Crochet of the Inland Waterways - Book 2

By Janet M Reeve 

Ten traditional or contemporary patterns

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Clothes of the Cut, a history of canal costume

By Avril Lansdell

This 1994 facsimile edition is published by The Belmont Press in association with British Waterways as part of their Canals 200 celebrations to mark two centuries of canals 

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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.


DVD - 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.



By Robert J Wilson

The 11th book in the Robert Wilson series.
Published 1977.

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Following the Trade

By Tom Foxon

This is the third book in Tom’s Foxon’s trilogy - earlier volumes are "Anderton for Orders" and "Number One"