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

Since the first edition of The Leeds & Liverpool Canal: a history and guide was published in 1990, much additional material has become available. This new edition contains a completely up-dated assessment of the promotion of the canal, and its associated waterways, made as a result of the possibilities offered by the internet for improved searching of archive holdings, and access to private archives resulting from the first edition. This has allowed a deeper understanding of the motives of the earliest promoters of canals in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The book looks not just at the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, but also the Leeds & Selby, Settle, Haslingden and Liverpool canal projects, at the history of the Douglas Navigation and the Bradford Canal, and at relations with the Rochdale, Manchester Bolton & Bury, and Lancaster canals.

The operation of the canal is reviewed, with detail about the railways' lease of the general cargo traffic from 1850-1874, the effect of the two world wars, and government interventions and financial changes from the end of the 19th century. The recent history of the canal since 1990 is also covered. There are also chapters on Boats and Boatmen, Engineering and Maintenance, Finance; Water Supply, Cargoes, and Warehousing.

The book is now twice the length of its predecessor, giving an even more detailed insight into the canal and its effect on the economy of the area it passed through. Many new maps have been produced to explain the proposals and changes, and numerous photographs and illustrations not previously available are included.

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This soft-back book has been published for the 200th Anniversary of the L&LC in 2016. It is 434 pages long, 265mm by 192mm portrait format, with over 200 illustrations, many in colour, and over 40 maps.

ISBN 978-0-9519236-8-9

Direct from me, the cost is 32.50, including postage. The bookshop price is 40.00. For more details contact me directly.

Mike Clarke, 8 Green Bank, Barnoldswick, BB18 6HX

Email: mike.clarke@zen.co.uk