Waterways Journal

Published annually by the Waterways Museum Society and a useful source of research material.

Contents of the current issue of Waterways Journal Volume 22

Bridgewater Boat Building at Bangor–on-Dee, Part 2: Paul Sillitoe
Paul Sillitoe completes the story of the 3rd Duke of Bridgewater with boats built for his new canal at Bangor-on-Dee, by describing the boats which were built there, their history and their fate. He looks at the scant evidence of the finances involved, the boatbuilders and their families and the work that these vessels were employed in over a period of up to 150 years. Paul’s meticulous research has built up a contemporary picture of the craft, from the records held in a large variety of repositories, as evidenced in the impressive reference section.

Preston Brook: mission boats, school boats. Evidence and conjecture. Some observations on a canal company’s involvement with them in the 19th century: Alan Jones
Starting with the discovery of a plan of the iron flat Vulcan in the Peel Archive, Alan Jones looks at a very different aspect of the Bridgewater Canal: the involvement of the Anglican church in the provision of education and religious life to boat people in Preston Brook. Alan describes the background and structure of the Church at this time, the clergy involved and the boat people. This is put in the context of English life in the 19th century.

Pleasure boating in the Mersey area in the 1950s – the case of the Wirral Cruising Club:
Part 1: Joseph Boughey
The early days of pleasure boating on canals by small groups of enthusiasts who owned their boats is a subject that hasn’t been studied in great detail. In this, the first part of the story, Joseph Boughey gives an overview of the ways that pleasure boating developed in the 1950s and then focuses on a group of people from Wallasey on the Wirral who based their activities at Ellesmere Port.

The Company Minutes of Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd: Cath Turpin
The company records that survive of Thomas Clayton (Oldbury) Ltd. were donated to the Waterways Archive at Ellesmere Port in 2012. The Company minute books cover the whole of the period from its formation in 1904 until it went into voluntary liquidation in 1979, by which time it had long finished carrying. This overview follows the Company’s development, operations and final closure of this family run organisation.

The City Road Basin and its people in the 19th century: Giles Ayre
The Regent’s Canal opened in 1820 and the City Road basin became the base of a number of companies, including Pickfords and the Grand Junction Canal Carrying Company. Giles Ayre describes the traffic, the lives of the boat people and others who worked there and its subsequent transformation into an industrial area. Giles uses a great variety of sources to build up a picture of this area during the 19th century.


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