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NarrowBoat Issue 44 : Winter 2016

Famous Fleets - Thomas Bantock & Co. Wooden-Boat-Building -a precarious tradet. The lost Cambridge Arm of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Early Ron Hough Decoration. Locking through Stoke Bruerne Top Lock. L.B. Faulkner craft operated in previous owners’ liveries. Barging to Bishop’s Stortford - carrying on the Stort Navigation.

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NarrowBoat Issue 43 : Autumn 2016

Famous Fleets: Erewash Canal Carrying Co - Alan Faulkner records the history of this small Leicester-based canal-carrier that was active during the mid-20th century; Art of the Waterways: Boat decoration - Chris M. Jones studies the unique folk art of ‘Roses & Castles’; Canals that Never Were: Trans-Pennine Canal - Richard Dean looks at an 1824 proposal for a waterway connecting Manchester and Sheffield; Working on the Waterways: Coal to Aylesbury - Chris M. Jones examines photos that record coal carrying to the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company by the Buckler family of Nuneaton

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NarrowBoat Issue 42 : Summer 2016

Famous Fleets - John Dickinson & Co - paper mill dashers; Testing the BCN - inspection trip of 1923; Fly-boating on the Shroppie - a skippers tale; Narrowboat evolution - the changing shape of working boats; Twilight of canal carrying - at Brentford and Banbury. Barlow's boats in colour; 1891 Macclesfield maps.

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NarrowBoat Issue 41 : Spring 2016

The Spring 2016 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets- T. W. Toovey Ltd; Inspecting boats on the Grand Junction before WWI; Cardiff to Birmingham by narrowboat - a 19th century proposal; Limestone carrying on the Llangollen Canal; Canal leak-stopping.

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NarrowBoat Issue 40 : Winter 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets- Canal Transport Ltd; Boating through Rickmansworth - BW traffic in 1960; Horse-boat carrying after WW1; Narrowboats under sail - on the Thames in 1840; Push towing - on the BCN.

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NarrowBoat Issue 39: Autumn 2015

The Autumn 2015 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Seymour Roseblade; Rare Photos - Life Afloat in the Early 1900s; Canals That Never Were - Leominster to Stourport; Crossing the Trent - Horse-boats at a tricky junction; Latter days of Carrying - The Black Country and North West; From the Archives - Linton Lock.

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NarrowBoat Issue 38: Summer 2015

Narrowboat Issue 38: Summer 2015 The Summer 2015 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Sir John Knill; Tracing Family History - The Mercer Family; Stone Boating - granite from quarries on the Coventry Canal; The Sankey Navigation in St Helens on maps; The evolution of the inclined plane in Britain; A. Wander Ltd’s Ovaltine boats in 1947 photographs; Paddle trunks and box trunks; The last traffic out of British Waterways Marsworth depot.

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NarrowBoat Issue 37: Spring 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Photographs by Hardwicke Knight; Memories of Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) LTD; Cecile Dorward - early adventures on Phosphorus; Northern Ashby - proposed schemes on the Ashby canal; Thomas Clayton (Paddington) LTD - contractors for the collection and disposal of London's rubbish. Plus... Archive photos online; Traditional signwriting and Lee Lighters.

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NarrowBoat Issue 36: Winter 2014

The Winter 2014 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Clayton's of Oldbury; Sister Mary Ward - The famous boat people's nurse; Will King Collection - Around Birmingham; Threefellows Carrying Co - Leicestershire and London. Plus: Pickford's route map; Traffic control; Broad boats

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NarrowBoat Issue 35: Autumn 2014

The Autumn 2014 issue of NarrowBoat includes: James Hall - a north-western carrier; Bob May's Collection - Photographs of some of the last Midlands traffics; Stoke Bruerne revisited; Church Lock - Leighton Buzzard in the 1950s; The Monk's Tale - Wide boats on the Bridgewater. Plus: The Stirling Canal; Coal to Doncaster; Cargo Handling

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NarrowBoat Issue 34: Summer 2014

The Summer 2014 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Birmingham canal- historical map of 1773; the role of our canals in wartime; Lincolnshire links- tracing family history; Will King collection- working boats on the northern Grand Union; Cadbury's- the Bournville-based fleet; black country cargo- infamous phosphorus traffic; plus...archives online; 1956 narrowboat log; Coseley boats

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NarrowBoat Issue 33: Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Northern Reaches: Lancaster to Kendal; Bulls Bridge Lay-By: A Southall Stopover; Weighing Machines in South Wales; Life Afloat: Boating on the Southern Grand Union; T & S Element: Birmingham & Black Country Boats. Plus: Aickman's Archives; Around St Pancras; Summer Events

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NarrowBoat Issue 32: Winter 2013/14

The Winter 2013/14 issue includes: Worsley's underground canals; Three bridges- Lyon's Tea at Southall; Birmingham's happy valley- early canalside pleasure gardens; loading in London- Will King captures the final years of canal carrying; Wyvern shipping community of Leighton Buzzard; plus ice breaking, Shropshire canal and Bradford archives.

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NarrowBoat Issue 31: Autumn 2013

The Autumn 2013 issue includes: London & Cambridge junction- a missing canal link; Severn & canal carrying- the Cadbury years; The great Ouse- Fenland River; Rose's lime juice- last traffic from London; registered at Birmingham- narrowboats all around the system; plus Barlow's joeys, heavy lifting techniques and fron the archives

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NarrowBoat Issue 30: Summer 2013

The Summer 2013 issue includes : Weaver navigation- Cheshire's principal river; Birmingham's last boat horse; Caledonian canal- mapping Telford's construction; Warwickshire canal carrying co; Jean's plan- rare post-war 'Crime on the Cut' film; plus...coal to banbury, searching archives and the ancient and modern

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NarrowBoat Issue 29: Spring 2013

The Spring 2013 issue includes : River Nene- Northamptonshire's navigations; Middlewich's missing canals; Working barges in pictures from the 1950s and 1960s; Stoke Bruerne's 50th- colour photographs from 1963; Willow Wren canal transport services; plus roses and castles revealed, and black country coal loading

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NarrowBoat Issue 28: Winter 2012/13

The Winter 2012/13 issue includes : Chesterfield Canal- an early Brindley construction; Walsall copper traffic- the infamous Tank House Slime; Duchess Countess, the last narrow-beam packet boat; Willow Wren Canal carrying company; Pontcysyllte- early maps reveal its industrial past; Updates on towpath tractors, dredgers and the Braunston strike

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NarrowBoat Issue 27: Autumn 2012

The Autumn 2012 issue includes : Rochdale Canal, the first Trans-Pennine waterway; Heather Bell post-war- continuing one boat's story; Wartime canal artists; British Waterways in the North West- the 'Southern' fleet of narrowboats; Plus Cornish canals, Griffiths update and dredgers.

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NarrowBoat Issue 26: Summer 2012

The Summer 2012 issue includes : Greaves, Bull & Lakin - Lime and cement carriers; Blue Line's final days - When the "Jam 'Ole" closed; Ashby Canal - Built for, and almost destroyed by, coal; Heather Bell in wartime - A fascinating series of WWII photographs; Plus..Brindley's 1769 view and towpath tractors.

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NarrowBoat Issue 25: Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue includes : Regent's Canal - The elegant London waterway that gained royal patronage; Potter & Son - Narrowboats serving the potteries; Braunston boatmen's strike 1923 - New photographs discovered; Plus - Ray family album and Thames & Severn extension.

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NarrowBoat Issue 24 : Winter 2011/12

The Winter 2011/12 issue includes: British Waterways' South Eastern fleet - One of the largest fleets of narrowboats ever; Manchester Ship Canal - Britain's biggest waterway; Suttons Stop - Narrowboats in colour; Ellesmere Yard - Working on the Llangollen Canal; Plus, Chesterfield canal maps and traditional canal art catalogued.

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NarrowBoat Issue 23 : Autumn 2011

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NarrowBoat Issue 22: Summer 2011

The Summer 2011 issue includes: Harkers of Knottingley - A fleet of tanker barges operated on the north-eastern waterways; Charity Dock - Memories of the boatbuilers Joe Gilbert and Jess Owen; 250th Anniversary of the Bridgewater Canal; Cannock Extensions; Payler's Pictures.

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NarrowBoat Issue 21: Spring 2011

The Spring 2011 issue includes: Huddersfield Narrow Canal - The shortest and highest trans-Pennine canal; Birmingham Bypass; Boxes by boat - The humble beginning of the modern container; Charles Nelson - Cement carriers of Stockton; Plus, last traffics on the Leeds & Liverpool, and Coal for Miss Terry.

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NarrowBoat Issue 20: Winter 2010

The Winter 2010 issue includes: John Walley - Potteries Carrier; Wartime Christmas; Aylesbury Junction; Blue Line's final years; Trent & Mersey Tunnels in the 1950s; Leighton Buzzard in the 1930s; Gloucester and Sharpness; Grand Junction Tug Brent.

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NarrowBoat issue 19: Autumn 2010

The Autumn 2010 issue includes: SE Barlow - Tamworth-Based Coal Carriers; Polesworth Painting; Working On The Waterways - Boating In The Fifties; Historical Profile - Kennet & Avon; Canals That Never Were - Solway to Tyne

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NarrowBoat Issue 18: Summer 2010

The Summer 2010 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Co; Historical Profile - The Leicester Line; Traditional Techniques - Getting the Gauge; Canals That Never Were - Haslingden Canal; Picturing the Past - Willow Wren at Limehouse

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NarrowBoat Issue 17: Spring 2010

The Spring 2010 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Historical Profile - Macclesfield Canal; Famous Fleets - L.B. Faulkner; Last Traffics - Roger Wickson's Narrowboats; Canals That Never Were - Polbrock Canal; Traditional Techniques - Brindley Gates; Early Campaigning - Cressy - the missing years; Picturing the Past - The Kimberley Experiment

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NarrowBoat Issue 16

Winter 2009/10 - issue 16 includes: Historical profile: River Thames; Famous Fleets: Wide Boats; Picturing the Past: Will King Collection; Traditional Techniques: Ice-breaking on the Leeds & Liverpool; Canals That Never Were: Birth of the Basingstoke; Picturing the past: Seeing Double; Tracing Family History: Double funeral; Readers' letters & Queries; Heritage Update

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NarrowBoat Issue 15

Autumn 2009 - issue 15 includes: Historical profile: Mon & Brec; Life Afloat: Flowers afloat; Working on the Waterways: 40 years on the canal; Famous Fleets: Seddons of Middlewich; A Broader Outlook: Coal to Wigan; Canals that never were: Leeds & Liverpool canal - 1770; Historical profile: Caldon Canal Follow-up; Tracing Family History: Police!; and more

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NarrowBoat Issue 14

The Summer 2009 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Historical Profile - Caldon Canal; A Broader Outlook - The father of Britain's canals?; Famous Fleets - Grand Union Canal Carrying Co; Canals That Never Were - Grand Imperial Ship Canal; Picturing the Past - Trent 5 at Tunstall; Famous Fleets - Harvey-Taylor Follow-up

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NarrowBoat Issue 13

The Spring 2009 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Leeds & Liverpool Canal Co; Historical Profile - Grand Union Canal; Canals That Never Were - Derbyshire Connections; Tracing Family History - Early Boat Records; Last Traffics - Wheat to Wellingborough; Picturing the Past - Thames & Severn Canal

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NarrowBoat Issue 12

The Winter 2008 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Harvey-Taylor; Historical Profile - The River Thames; Canals That Never Were - The Peak District; Life Afloat - Wood End Hostel; Traditional Techniques - Ice-Breaking on the Weaver

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NarrowBoat Issue 11

The Autumn 2008 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Cowburn & Cowpar; Historical Profile - The Grand Union Canal; Canals That Never Were - Oldham; A Place in History - Daisy Nook

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NarrowBoat issue 10

The Summer 2008 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Birmingham and Midland; Historical Profile - The Monmouthshire Canal; Preserving the Past - British Waterways' Approach; Life Afloat - A Tale of Two Classes, and more

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NarrowBoat Issue 9

The Spring 2008 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Anderton; Historical Profile - Basingstoke Canal; Early Campaigning - Enterprise in Reading; A Place in History - Nynehead, and more

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NarrowBoat Issue 8

The Winter 2007/2008 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Famous Fleets - Ovaltine; Historical Profile - Trent & Mersey Canal; Traditional Techniques - Breaking the Ice; Canals That Never Were: The Manchester and Birmingham Junction and more

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NarrowBoat Issue 7

The Autumn 2007 issue of NarrowBoat includes: Mersey Weaver - A major carrier from the North-West Historical Profile - Worcester & Birmingham Family History - Emanuel Smith of Brentford Canals that never were - Stockton & Darlington

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NarrowBoat Issue 6

Fellows, Morton & Clayton - carrying through two world wars. Historical Profile - Peak Forest Canal Picturing the Past - A boatman's album Canals that never were - Dorset & Somerset

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NarrowBoat issue 5

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NarrowBoat issue 4

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NarrowBoat issue 2

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NarrowBoat issue 1

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