Winter 2011 – Issue 24

The Winter 2011 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Famous Fleets: British Waterways South East Division

Alan Faulkner looks at the creation of one of the biggest fleets of narrowboats ever, following post-war nationalisation

Historical Profile: The Manchester Ship Canal

Geoff Wheat traces the story of Britain’s biggest and once busiest waterway

Working on the Waterways: Memories Of Ellesmere Yard

Tom Godwin talks to Harry Arnold about working on the Llangollen Canal in the mid-20th century – a by-gone age when he felt part of ‘one big family’

Historical Canal Maps: Chesterfield Canal

Richard Dean looks at the development of ideas for the Chesterfield Canal through a range of early maps

Picturing The Past: Suttons Stop


DAVID BLAGROVE looks at some slides taken by SYD MITCHELL, probably all on the same day in early 1962. They depict Hawkesbury Junction, where the Coventry and Oxford canals meet, known to boatmen as ‘Suttons’ after a former toll clerk stationed here

Art of the Waterways: Mixing Oil and Water


Caroline Jones on how ‘roses and castles’ now appear in the same book as ‘old masters’