Hertfordshire's Historic Inland Waterway: Batchworth to by John Cooper

By John Cooper

John Cooper takes the reader on a desirable trip alongside the towpath of the Grand Union Canal, which meanders via what's arguably some of the most picturesque stretches of inland waterway within the county. utilizing a colourful collection of outdated photo postcards and images, including tremendous modern day photos, we hint the heritage of the canal from its beginnings at the beginning of the early 19th century as a necessary technique of transporting uncooked fabrics to the recent factories and turbines, to its eventual decline within the mid-twentieth century and its renaissance with the rising excitement boat company. Canalside industries thrived, with companies like W. H. Walker of Rickmansworth, the place some of the narrowboats on what was once then the Grand Junction Canal have been outfitted; the hugely profitable John Dickinson paper generators, comparable to the single at Croxley; the Wander manufacturing unit at Kings Langley, the place as soon as the realm recognized ‘Ovaltine’ drink used to be produced; Toovey’s flour mill and the Rose’s Lime Juice wharf at Boxmoor. We stopover at the fantastic Cassiobury Farm & Fisheries, an open operating farm along the canal the place infrequent breeds and unique animals are stored, prior to witnessing a number of the exceptional, historical narrowboats which were lovingly restored by way of devoted lovers. Wandering earlier old fashioned waterside motels, we achieve our vacation spot – the sexy state, marketplace city of Berkhamsted, with its ruins of the eleventh-century fort. attention-grabbing anecdotes and a wealth of data abound during this well-illustrated e-book. Well-researched and extensive, this quantity will attraction not just to canal and narrowboat fans, but in addition to neighborhood historians.

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