Welcome to Mike Clarke’s Home Page


Canals and canal boats, stationary and railway steam engines, vintage cars, textile machinery, water and wind mills: all of these have featured in my life as a professional industrial and canal historian and restoration engineer. I am best known for my work on the history and heritage of  the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and Canal & River Trust have named a lock at Bank Newton after me in recognition of almost fifty years promoting the canal's history and heritage. I was given a Pride in Barnoldswick award by Barnoldswick Town Council in 2014, and the Mersey Basin Campaign's Dragonfly Award in 2000. I am President of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Society, and will be President of the Railway & Canal Historical Society in 2016-2018. I am also on the committee of Inland Waterways International.


Copies of some reports and articles I have written, as well as contemporary canal pamphlets, and other industrial, maritime and canal history material are available on these pages. I give illustrated lectures, and more details of all these services, as well as other information, can be found by following the links below.


A new book for the 200th Anniversary of the

Opening of the Canal from Leeds to Liverpool in 2016


The Leeds & Liverpool Canal, a history

Mike Clarke

This book has been published for the 200th Anniversary of the L&LC in 2016. It is 434 pages long, 250mm by 175mm portrait format, with over 200 illustrations, many in colour, and over 40 maps. It is a soft-back using digital printing.

ISBN 978-0-9519236-8-9

Direct from me, the cost is £28.00, including postage. It is £40.00 through booksellers. For more details, click on the link above, or contact me directly.

Mike Clarke

8 Green Bank


BB18 6HX

Email: mike.clarke@zen.co.uk



Mike Clarke and Sam Yates

This is a book on the traditional boat painting of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, 88 pages, 250mm by 170mm landscape format, ISBN 0-9519236-2-5, with numerous colour and b&w illustrations. The price is £8-00 soft-back, inc. P&P. A few hardback copies are available direct from me at £12-00. If you would like to order a copy, or just to receive more information, please send your details to the address above. Please make cheques payable to Mike Clarke.


I also sing in a couple of local choirs, helping preserve a strong northern tradition.


Links to further pages by Mike Clarke

Services provided by Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke's downloads page.

Canals and canal boats.

The Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Video of motor and sailing barges on the Aire & Calder Navigation and near Berlin.

Movable Bridges: an historical overview.

European work and contacts.

Textile history.

Vintage cars.

Mike was Engineer at Helmshore Textile Museums for five years, bringing the machinery there back to life.

The condenser mules here are being operated by Harold, the resident spinner at the time.


Mike Clarke

8 Green Bank


BB18 6HX

tel: +44 (0)1282 850430

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last revised: 26 September 2016