Autumn 2017 - Issue 47

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Front Cover: On a bright autumn day in the immediate post-war years, butty Dorset is seen fully laden and underway on a rural stretch of canal. The boat was built for Fellows, Morton & Clayton in March 1926 by Sephton Brothers of Tusses Bridge, Longford, for £245. Its livery is based on a colour photograph published in a magazine dated 23rd August 1947, which shows it paired with motor Camel. The latter carried the moreconventional white lettering and scrolls.

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Famous Fleets

The Cargoes of Fellows, Morton & Clayton

Alan Faulkner and Chris M. Jones look at the large variety of goods transported by one of the largest carriers in canal history, which included everything from coal to car chassis

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Working the Waterways

Brick Boating

Chris M. Jones examines the craft used in west London’s brick-making industry during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Picturing the Past

Blue and Yellow

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Picturing the Past

Frederick at Denham Deep Lock

We examine the details of an early 20th-century image showing a horse-drawn narrowboat Frederick on the Grand Junction Canal near Uxbridge

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Last Traffic

End of an Era on the Bridgewater

Harry Arnold shares his photographs and memories of the finaltrading boats on the pioneering waterway.

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Unearthing History

Reservoirs of the BCN

Andy Tidy looks at how Birmingham’s canals were supplied with water from reservoirs at Smethwick, Rotten Park, Titford Pools, Sneyd, Cannock Chase and elsewhere

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Canals That Never Were

Surrey Schemes

Richard Dean explores the abandoned schemes for links from Surrey to London and Croydon via the Thames.

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Time and Place

Midland Railway Boats at Bristol

Tom Foxon looks at Victorian-era photographs of Great Western Railway-owned wharves in Bristol and also Bath.

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From the Archives

Happy Valley Boating

Using multiple sources, Joseph Boughey traces the history of a short-lived leisure company called Happy Valley Boating that operated on the Stratford Canal in the 1920s.

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