Traditional Paintwork on Leeds & Liverpool Canal Boats

This 88 page book is the only one on the subject, with numerous colour and b&w illustrations, size 250mm by 170mm landscape format. The price is now £8-00 inc P&P in soft-back. A few hardback copies are available at £12-00. If you would like to order a copy, or just to receive more information, please send your details to the address below. There is an additional £1-50 P&P for Europe, and £3.50 for the rest of the world. Please make sterling cheques payable to Mike Clarke.

ISBN 0-9519236-2-5

Two Canal Company boats at Church, near Accrington, around 1910.


A unique tradition

The traditional paintwork of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, despite last being used in the early 1960s, had almost been forgotten. In this new book on the subject, canal historian Mike Clarke has worked together with Sam Yates, who was a boatbuilder and painter at Hodson's boatyard at Whitebirk, to record the tradition. They look into its origins, how it was used on the canal, and how the work was undertaken at the boatyard. There are colour drawings of some of the schemes used, both at Whitebirk and elsewhere, with sufficient information for others to continue using the designs.


The book has many colour illustrations, both of the boats and designs used on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, and also of related decoration from around Europe. There are also contemporary black & white photos which provide a further insight into the tradition.




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