Autumn 2022 - Issue 67

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Front Cover: On a quiet autumn evening in the late 1870s, owner-boatman John Bradshaw of Toll End steers his horse-drawn boat The Rose of Irvine. The earliest record for this boat is August 1867 when, named Rose, it was weighed by the Grand Junction Canal Co for George Skey of Wolverhampton, an iron, steel and iron ore merchant. At 69ft 6in long by 6ft 9in wide, Rose of Irvine was a smaller boat than usual. By the early 1870s it had passed to John Bradshaw, who renamed it.

The Autumn 2022 issue includes the following features.

Traditional Techniques

Canal Boats Under Sail

Chris M. Jones looks at the use of sail power by canal boats

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Last Traffic

Town Gas on the Canals

Andy Tidy traces the demise of the town gas industry, one of the last bulk canal cargoes

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

The Trent Connection

Chris M. Jones studies images of the canals that connect with the river Trent

You can view an excerpt here.

From the Archives

Acquiring A Carrier

Joseph Boughey continues his study of the fleet bought by BW from canal-carrier John Parke & Son in the early 1960s

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Basingstoke Canal Boats in World War I

Chris M. Jones looks at a photo of the Basingstoke Canal during World War I

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Historical Profiles

Leeds & Liverpool Coal Traffic in Yorkshire

Davis Lowe, Mike Clarke and Chris Clegg comment on photos taken in 1954

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Picturing the Past

London to Birmingham

Three images from the Jack Parkinson collection illustrate commercial freight traffic in the early 1960s between Birmingham and London

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

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Historical Profiles

Flint Carriers of the Grand Junction Canal

Chris M. Jones looks at the little-known flint traffic carried over the Grand Junction Canal

You can view an excerpt here.

Picturing the Past

Willow Wren at Stoke Bruerne

During the 1960s Bob Bennett photographed two pairs of Willow Wren boats at the Grand Union village

You can view an excerpt here.

Canals That Never Were

The Worcester Canal, 1785

The birth of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal is explained by Richard Dean

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Time and Place

Caldwall Lock Cottage

Moz Copestake recalls two years spent living beside the Staffs & Worcs Canal in the 1960s

You can view an excerpt here.