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 work 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 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 History of Leeds & Liverpool Canal

Mike Clarke

This book will be published for the 200th Anniversary of the L&LC in 2016, and am looking for subscribers who are willing to agree to purchase a copy. The book will be around 400 pages long, 250mm by 175mm portrait format, with the possibility of 50 pages in colour, and  produced as a soft-back using digital printing.

The cost will be £27.50 for those who agree to become subscribers before January 2016, payable after printing, which I expect to have completed by the end of April 2016. The book would then be priced at least at £40.00 for non-subscribers. For more details, click on the link above.

If you would like to subscribe, please contact:

Mike Clarke

8 Green Bank


BB18 6HX


Email: mike.clarke@zen.co.uk



Brightwork, by 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 lectures page.

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: 8 June 2015