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A Boat Builder's Sketchbook

by Ken Keay

Read about the lost art of building wooden narrow boats. This is no colouring book for children, but a collection of beautifully drawn technical diagrams. A reprint of the original 1993 limited edition, with exclusive new material, a new introduction and new high resolution reproductions of Ken Keay's original drawings.

re-published by HNBC


Amateur Boatwomen

The Amateur Boatwomen is the fifth in the ‘Working Waterways’ series, and describes the life of one of the women who trained all-women canal boat crews during the Second World War. First published in 1973, this paperback edition contains extra text and illustrations.


Anderton for Orders

By Tom Foxon

This is the first book in Tom’s Foxon’s trilogy - following volumes are "Number One" and Following the Trade"



By Alan H Faulkner

The story of Samuel Barlow Coal Co, S E Barlow and Blue Line CCC.

The 15th book in the Robert Wilson series.
Published 1986.

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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.


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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Canal Crochet, Bonnets & Belts

By Ann Gardiner, Sarah Pressland and Mary Parry
The Waterways Museum Society produced two booklets on cabin crochet and these are brought together here, together with instructions for porthole crochet, how to make the traditional boatwomen's bonnet and the spiderweb fabric belt often worn by the men.


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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