A Canal People

A Canal People

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A beautiful tribute to the 'golden age' of canals and those who lived and worked on themshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 216 x 218 x 12mm | 621.42g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752451103
  • 9780752451107
  • 883,752

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During a few brief years in the late 1940s and early 195Os Robert Longden took a remarkable set of photographs of the narrow boat community at Hawkesbury Stop - the main meeting point for those who worked the Midlands canals. The images are of a close community and represent its members in a very intimate way, at work, at play, in their domestic affairs, and as they lived on the paired and single colourful narrow boats. They illustrate the close relationship between all ages and types within the community, and the dramatic boat shapes and infrascape of this rural and industrial area. Sonia Rolt, who herself worked the canals during the period and knew the photographer, provides an introduction, which details how Robert Longden came to this passionate involvement. It also sets the photographs in the context of their time, the last period when the narrow boats could be said to play a serious part in transporting goods in quantity. Informative captions identify the scenes before us. These high quality photographs, taken from the original glass transparencies and never previously reproduced, show a now vanished way of life. This book, providing a rare insight into the community who worked the waterways when it was still a way of life for many, will appeal not only to canal enthusiasts, but to anyone interested in Britain's industrial heritage.show more

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"An evocative and intimate reminder of a lost way of life." --"The Times "show more

About Sonia Rolt

Sonia Rolt was one of the women canal volunteers of World War II, which led to her lifelong interest in the development and protection of Britain's inland waterways. She is the widow of the late Tom Rolt, one of the founders of The Inland Waterways Association.show more