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Canal & Waterway History

Britain’s canals were at the heart of the Industrial Revolution – their construction made possible the movement of large quantities of raw materials that stoked Britain’s industrialisation and allowed for goods to be moved efficiently to market.

Although large parts of the canal network were infilled and built over as first rail, then road took over their role in transport, much remains and the waterways are now a highly valued leisure resource. We are also left with a rich legacy of waterway history and heritage.

NarrowBoat explores this canal and inland waterways history and heritage. Originally conceived as a quarterly magazine to bring this legacy to life, the digital issues of NarrowBoat have become a fully searchable archive of over 400 articles (including more than 6,000 images) covering over 200 years from the birth of the canals to the 1960s.

You can explore the NarrowBoat archive at www.narrowboatmagazine.com and discover for yourself the people, the companies, the boats and the places that have been part of the waterways in British history.