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Hard facts and figures.,
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This review is from: Bradshaw's Canals and Navigable Rivers of England and Wales (Old House) (Hardcover)
I decided to write a few words about this book for a specific reason.
This is well produced facsimle of the original, worth five stars without doubt. Having seen an original I knew what to expect. It then occurred to me that some people pondering whether to buy this book may have been attracted to it because of the extremely popular railway guide by Bradshaw as use by Michael Portillo in the BBC series Great British Railway Journeys, full of historical facts and descriptive text of what to see: this book is absolutely nothing like that.
The book is mainly made up of pages and pages of detail of mileage between locks, dimensions of boats that can use a particular waterway etc. There is a short description of the traffic working the waterway, who owns it and where the headquarters are etc.At the back of the book there are a few advertisments and a glossary of terms used.
The value of this book is really the deatails it gives of waterways that are long gone.
To sum up then, an excellent book at a great price from Amazon and of great value to canal historian but if you're looking to find a church of interest or any other canalside location of interest, buy a modern canal guide or map. This is a hard facts and figures book of the canals and waterways as they were in 1904, not a tourists guide book.
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Initial post: 13 Apr 2012 10:15:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Apr 2012 10:17:31 BDT
This is a timely and most useful review - I was about to buy the "canal guide" because I thought it WOULD be like the Bradshaw railway guide with lots of fascinating stuff about the towns and villages. Which it isn't! And as the waterways whose intricate details are meticulously set out in this guide (but are apparently long gone) and as I am not studying the bygone waterways of Britain, then the guide is not for me. I am doubly grateful because, as an OAP, the review has saved me money - which I can spend on another book of poetry! Hooray!
Posted on 24 Jul 2012 14:04:57 BDT
I have a copy of the 1969 David and Charles reprint which I've used for years. It's not a travelogue but a very useful table of distances.
My copy came without the original map - does this reprint include the map?
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