Spring 2016 - Issue 41

The Spring 2016 issue of NarrowBoat includes the following features. You can purchase back issues online - click here for our shop.

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Front cover: T.W. Toovey’s Langley was built by Bushell Brothers in 1916 and is seen carrying a load of grain from the company’s base at Kings Langley on the lower Grand Junction Canal. The company lavished money on its small fleets of boats, which were regarded as some of the most highly decorated on the canal in the first half of the 20th century.

Famous Fleets: T.W. Toovey Ltd

Alan Faulkner looks at a small fleet of wide boats owned by a Kings Langley milling family.

Time and Place: Stone Boating at Trevor

Chris M. Jones studies a late 19th-century limestone carrying scene on the Llangollen Canal.

Unearthing History: Boat Inspections

Chris M. Jones looks at a newly discovered document revealing the traffic and traders on the lower Grand Junction Canal during the early 20th century.

Tracing Family History: Ancestors Discovered

Lorna York describes how a recently unearthed document has led to a greater understanding of her boating family history.

Historic Profile: The Water Transport Company Ltd

Stephen Rowson details a short-lived, late 19th century enterprise intended to improve cargo-carrying between Cardiff and Birmingham.

Traditional Techniques: Keeping the Water In

James Hewitt recalls the processes of locating and stopping canal leaks.

Leisure on the Waterways: Sunday School Outings

With a particular focus on the Coventry Canal, Christopher R. Jones explores the pleasure cruises run by canal carriers in the first half of the 20th century.

Time and Place: Timber to Reading

Chris M. Jones examines rare, detailed photographs showing barge traffic on the River Kennet in the late 19th century.

From the archives: IWA’s Navigation

Joseph Boughey looks at how the beginnings of the waterway restoration movement are documented in early IWA newsletters.

Canals That Never Were: Herefordshire Hopes

Richard Dean looks at the western end of the unfinished Leominster Canal.