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ARCHITECTURE OF CANALS, THE

By Derek Pratt
ISBN 9780747806325
Shire Books*
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Color photos throughout
560 Pages
6x8ľ

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The original purpose of canals was to link regions of industry to major rivers and ports at a time when poor quality roads and packhorses was the only method of transport. Built a half a century before the arrival of the railways, the canals provided a watery artery for trade and commerce that made possible the Industrial Revolution. They remain as a constant reminder of that turning point of Britainís history when an agricultural way of life that had existed for centuries gave way to an industrial economy. This book looks at the wonderful variety of structures that made the canals work in their commercial heyday and are still enjoyed today by todayís pleasure boaters and walkers. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Derek Pratt is a professional photographer with a special interest in inland waterways. His Waterways Photo Library is a result of many years of wandering around Britainís canals and rivers with a camera. Other titles for Shire by this author: Londonís Canals