Summer 2021 - Issue 62

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Front Cover: Coal was a ubiquitous cargo on the River Don section of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation, as there were many coal-loading staiths connected to several West Riding collieries. Local coal traffic serving factories, mills and works along the S&SYN, was carried in open keels like the one shown here, fully laden and horse hauled.

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Picturing the Past

Grand Union Traffic in Colour

We look at a selection of photos taken in the early 1960s by Brian Stroud showing commercial narrowboats on the Grand Union Canal

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Working the Waterways

A Lock-keeper’s Son

Frank Smith recalls a childhood spent in a canalside cottage near Southcote Lock on the Kennet & Avon

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Historical Profiles

John Griffiths on the Grand Junction

Chris M. Jones looks at a series of images that illustrate the activities of Bedworth canal-carrier John Griffiths

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Historical Canal Maps

A Royal Route

Richard Dean explores the mapping of Queen Victoria’s visit to Worsley in 1851

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Picturing the Past

Adding Colour to Canals

Andy Tidy showcases a selection of colourised photos of the West Midlands waterways and wades into the debate on manipulating historic images

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From the Archives

Charles Hadfield and the Early IWA

Joseph Boughey examines records documenting the canal historian’s role in the formation of the IWA 75 years ago

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Life Afloat

Beauchamp Family of Boaters

Chris M. Jones studies the boating history of the Beauchamp family of Oxfordshire

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A Broader Outlook

Keels on the Don

Chris M. Jones explores images showing traffic on the River Don section of the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation

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Canal Postcards

The Peak Forest Canal Part 2

Trevor Ellis continues his examination of postcard publishers’ photos of the Peak Forest

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Canals That Never Were

Linking Edinburgh and Glasgow

Jim Lonie explores seven proposals to connect Scotland’s two biggest cities by canal

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Picturing the Past

Tugs And Day-Boats On The Wyrley & Essington Canal

We look at another selection from the Jack Parkinson Collection showing images of tug and day-boat traffic on the Wyrley & Essington in 1964, during the final years of trade

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Obituary

Malcolm Braine

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