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The Stroudwater Canal by Michael Handford (MSc 1970)

The Stroudwater Canal

29 May 2014

The Stroudwater Navigation holds a unique place in the fascinating history of Britain's canal network. First planned in 1729, it is one of the oldest successful canal schemes in the country, predating the Bridgwater Canal by a generation.

The Stroudwater Navigation holds a unique place in the fascinating history of Britain's canal network. First planned in 1729, it is one of the oldest successful canal schemes in the country, predating the Bridgwater Canal by a generation. In continuous ownership of the Company of Proprietors of the Stroudwater Navigation, it is the oldest canal company in the world. Furthermore, following a visit by the Prince of Wales in 1750, the Canal can also lay claim to the first use of a canal as a leisure resource, too.

From the building of Blunder Lock – deliberately at the wrong level – to the Battle of Carter's Close where locals would infill the canal at night as the contractors dug it out by day, Michael Handford (MSc 1970) tells the story of the Stroudwater in this new edition of his classic work.

Much has happened since the book was written. The Canal has now been restored to its former glory, so it can yet again break records as a unique survivor of the canal age.

You can purchase the book in many bookstores, including direct from Amberley Publishing.