Winter 2022 - Issue 68

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Front Cover: This boat, owned by John Walley of Stoke-on-Trent, is tied up temporarily while their horse is shoed at a local smithy. Before long they will be on their way, working well into the evening just in case there is a build-up of heavy snow or an overnight frost, which could imprison their boat in ice before it reaches its destination.

The Winter 2022 issue includes the following features.

Historical Profiles

Traffic on the Oxford

Chris M. Jones studies images that reflect the types of commercial traffic on the Oxford Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

A Broader Outlook

Burton’s 18th-century Navigation

John Dylan Parry tells the story of the Upper Trent Navigation and Burton Boat Co, which predated the construction of the Trent & Mersey Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Fellows, Morton & Clayton Steamers

Andy Tidy explores images of steam-powered narrowboats operated by the famous carrying company

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Insights into the Erewash

Joseph Boughey unearths details of the East Midlands canal from newspaper archives

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Canal Maps

Consall New Lock?

Richard Dean investigates a puzzle on the Caldon Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

A Bantam on the BCN

Andy Tidy explores details of photos showing the latter days of commercial activity on Birmingham’s canals

You can view an excerpt here.

Historical Profiles

Oxfordshire Ironstone

Chris M. Jones uncovers a little-known traffic on the Oxford Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Sights of the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Chris M. Jones looks at another selection of BCN images from the 19th and 20th centuries

You can view an excerpt here.

Working the Waterways

Winter on the Waterways

Ex-working boater John Saxon passed away in 2022. We revisit his evocative account of operating cargo-carrying narrowboats during the cold season, originally published in a 1977 issue of Waterways World magazine

You can view an excerpt here.

Last Traffic

Final days of BW on the Grand Union

Chris M. Jones studies a series of photos of Fenny Stratford in 1963

This is our free-access sample article from the Winter 2022 NarrowBoat

You can view an excerpt here.