Old Canal Photographs
These copies of old canal photographs were found in the loft. Thanks to Mike Clarke for the information via canalworld about the boats in the photographs.
Photos from "The Canals of North Lancashire, 1962, G.D.Smith"
These photographs are scanned from a 1962 University of Liverpool B.A. dissertation called The Canals of North Lancashire.
The following black and white photographs of canals from the 1960s and 1970s are part of a collection that originally belonged to Dr Dennis Chapman. After his death they were given to the library of the University of Liverpool. The collection of papers, prints and photographs sat in the stores of the library in boxes unsorted. The subjects included Scandinavian fishing boats, the Great Britain and prison hulks, Whitby, mostly they have a boaty theme. After much searching I found these canal photographs.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal
These photographs are from a box labeled "Leeds Liverpool Canal Idle". Most places were easily recognisable a few were a bit tricky but thanks to Mike Clarke I have sorted them all out now.
There is little left of the Bradford Canal today though there are plans to bring it back. These photographs show the end of the Bradford Canal at the junction with the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Shipley. The canal passes under the railway bridge and enters a lock. The gates of the lock are missing.
These photographs were easy to identify. The locks are the Northgate Staircase Locks in Chester. There is a very nice wooden cruiser in the lock. The locks haven't changed much since these pictures were taken in the 1960's.
The first three photographs have just "Bath End" on the back of them and the date October 1970.
Stroudwater, Basingstoke Canal and Birminham C.N. 1970s
These photographs are from ebay. They show the Stroudwater and Basingstoke Canals in various starges of abandonment. There are also some of the Birmingham Canal Navigations which looks in good order in the 1970s and there were still working narrow boats around.
Have a look at photos of the canal in Liverpool in the 1980s on flickr click here for Dave Sinclairs photos
Also I have put some of my family photos on here click for family canal photos
And there is my canal postcard collection which has some great old canal photographs here.
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