Side trips to the Antonine Wall, which stretches from the Firthof Forth to the Firth of Clyde, country parks or to towns like Linlithgow, Falkirk, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch, often bycircular walks, are also described.The canals are for ...
Author: Hamish Brown
An authoritative and enthusiastic guide to the Lowland canals, the Antonine Wall including icons such as the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies.Features the story of the Union and Forth & Clyde Canals' restoration.
This is the story of how a computer consultant threw off the weary chains of work and got on his bike when threatened with high blood pressure.
Author: John Priestley
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
This is the story of how a computer consultant threw off the weary chains of work and got on his bike when threatened with high blood pressure. His journeys took him round the canals of northern England, first on the three routes across the Pennine Hills, then further afield to Scotland. He slogs his way round hundreds of miles of canals, passing through many major towns and cities including Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Liverpool, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Off the bike and on foot the author also visits the Oxord and the Kennet and Avon Canals, and waterways in the Birmingham area, before venturing abroad. He also gets on a narrow boat for a calamitous trip up the Shropshire Union and Llangollen Canals. This edition is illustrated with 46 maps and photographs and includes a history of each canal in the sequence. The author selects his Top Ten Sights of the northern canals. The book concludes with a list of recommended canal sites across the country.
1.5 miles (2.3 kilometres) of canal from Nant Rhydyfiliast to Nant Felin, on which
he was allowed to charge tolls – provided ... There were no tunnels, but there
were five aqueducts to carry the canal across major tributaries of the Afon Tawe,
Author: Andy Wood
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
Andy Wood explores the history of the lost canals of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Boats on the South Wales canals were of an individual type, shorter than
narrowboats but wider. Many had no cabins, as they were all suited to short
distance and intensive use. In Scotland a variety of waterways were built. The
Author: Tony Conder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
In the early years of the Industrial Revolution, canals formed the arteries of Britain. Most waterways were local concerns, carrying cargoes over short distances and fitted into regional groups with their own boat types linked to the major river estuaries. This new history of Britain's canals starts with the first Roman waterways, moving on to their golden age in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and ends with the present day, describing the rise and fall of canal building and use in the UK. It tells the story of the narrow boats and barges borne by the canals, and the boatmen who navigated them as well as the wider tale of waterway development through the progress of civil engineering. Replete with beautiful photographs, this a complete guide to some of the most accessible and beautiful pieces of Britain's heritage.
Ship-Canal. Schemes. 647 the scheme is impracticable at any reasonable cost,
or that there is serious risk of the proposed dams and ... In Europe, two schemes
for constructing a ship-canal across Scotland between the Forth and the Clyde, ...
Author: Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Leveson Francis Vernon-Harcourt (1839–1907) drew on a distinguished career in canal and river engineering for this illustrated two-volume survey, here reissued in its enlarged 1896 second edition. Having started as an assistant to the civil engineer John Hawkshaw, Vernon-Harcourt was appointed resident engineer in 1866 for new works on London's East and West India docks. Later, as a consulting engineer, he specialised in the design and construction of harbours, docks, canals and river works, and he was elected professor of civil engineering at University College London in 1882. This publication covers the design and construction of tidal and flood defences, canals, locks, and irrigation works. Volume 2 covers canal engineering, discussing the design and construction of canals and their associated works such as locks and lifts. Vernon-Harcourt also discusses ship canals and irrigation works. His Harbours and Docks (1885) is also reissued in this series.
The first major transport project in Scotland, it was finished with money
confiscated from Jacobite estates after the failed 1745 ... The canal carried the
Vulcan, Scotland's first iron boat, which was used for passenger transport from
Author: Stuart Fisher
Publisher: A&C Black
Explore the infinitely varied and picturesque British canal network as it passes from wild moors and coastal harbours to modern city centres and canalside public houses.
The Caledonian Canal The desirability of a canal across Scotland , to avoid small
ships and fishing vessels having to brave the Pentland Firth , had ... In 1773 the
Commissioners of the Forfeited Estates asked James Watt to survey a route .
Author: David Maxwell Walker
Publisher: T. & T. Clark Publishers
Professor Walker's Legal History of Scotland will be published in seven volumes. It is the only attempt yet made to write a chronological narrative account of the development of the Scottish legal system from early times on a substantial scale, with extensive reference to original sources. That development is wholly different from that of the English legal system. Attention is given at all stages to sources and legal literature, the influences of other legal systems, the courts and procedure, the lawyers, the roles of Parliament and the Privy Council, and to public, criminal and private law, both substantive and procedural. This volume examines the progress of the law of Scotland from the Union of 1707 to the early years of the 1800s. It is a period full of dramatic developments, notable figures and great cases. The backdrop is growing industry and commerce, the brilliance of the Scottish Enlightenment and then the turmoil brought about by the French Revolution.The legal nature and status of the Treaty of Union is analysed in detail and its consequences are seen in many contexts. The changes in Parliament and in central and local government are examined, including the consequences
THE CRINAN CANAL writers and poets began to extol the aesthetic value of
remote scenery and romantic ruins . These early literary tourists were the
harbingers of today ' s mass migrations ( see Chapter 17 ) . In the early
nineteenth century ...
Author: Magnus Magnusson
Publisher: Canongate Books Limited
This is an illustrated study of the interdependence of the landscape, the wildlife and the people of Scotland. It begins with Scotland's violent birth, and retells tales of the early hunters who followed the retreating ice and the first farmers who cleared the land and began farming. The authors go on to discuss the implicit conflicts in the use of land today, and the state of the environment and the other forces which have transformed the landscape and wildlife today.
In 1971 the Scottish Inland Waterways Association was formed to keep the
canals going and this was followed by the establishment of several local canal
societies . During the 1970s volunteers campaigned to keep the canals from
being filled ...
Author: Rosemary Gibson
Publisher: John Donald Publishers
The Scottish countryside we see today is largely a man-made creation. Three hundred years ago, the landscape looked very different; it had a confused, fragmented appearance, with clusters of small farms, narrow strips of cultivated ground in a bare landscape with few trees, no hedges, much moorland and bog and only tracks for roads. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the appearance of the country changed dramatically. New methods of agriculture, the enthusiasm of improving landowners and a revolution in transport all combined to bring about 'a great change upon the face of the country'. These are the words of the factor on the Lovat estate in 1765, predicting a transformation in the area when the old system of runrig cultivation ended.
He was responsible for some of the great works of the age, such as the suspension bridge across the Menai Straits and the mighty Pontcysyllte aqueduct.
Author: Anthony Burton
Thomas Telford's life was extraordinary: born in the Lowlands of Scotland, where his father worked as a shepherd, he ended his days as the most revered engineer in the world, known punningly as The Colossus of Roads. He was responsible for some of the great works of the age, such as the suspension bridge across the Menai Straits and the mighty Pontcysyllte aqueduct. He built some of the best roads seen in Britain since the days of the Romans and constructed the great Caledonian Canal, designed to take ships across Scotland from coast to coast. He did as much as anyone to turn engineering into a profession and was the first President of the newly formed Institution of Civil Engineers. All this was achieved by a man who started work as a boy apprentice to a stonemason. rn He was always intensely proud of his homeland and was to be in charge of an immense programme of reconstruction for the Highlands that included building everything from roads to harbours and even designing churches. He was unquestionably one of Britain's finest engineers, able to take his place alongside giants such as Brunel. He was also a man of culture, even though he had only a rudimentary education. As a mason in his early days he had worked alongside some of the greatest architects of the day, such as William Chambers and Robert Adams, and when he was appointed County Surveyor for Shropshire early in his career, he had the opportunity to practice those skills himself, designing two imposing churches in the county and overseeing the renovation of Shrewsbury Castle. Even as a boy, he had developed a love of literature and throughout his life wrote poetry and became a close friend of the Poet Laureate, Robert Southey. He was a man of many talents, who rose to the very top of his profession but never forgot his roots: he kept his old masons' tools with him to the end of his days. rn There are few official monuments to this great man, but he has no need of them: the true monuments are the structures that he left behind that speak of a man who brought about a revolution in transport and civil engineering.
In Europe, the Low Countries had constructing canals for centuries; France's
magnificent Canal du Midi had been ... In many ways it was similar to the
Caledonian Canal, which linked a number of lochs in its passage across
Scotland, and Von ...
Author: Anthony Burton
Publisher: The History Press
This is the story of the men who built Britain’s canals and railways – not the engineers and the administrators but the ones who provided the brawn and muscle. There had never been a workforce like the navvies, a great army of men, moving about the country following the work as it became available. This book will tell of their extraordinary feats of strength and their often colourful lives. They lived rough, usually having to make do with huts and shelters cobbled together from whatever materials were available. They worked hard and drank hard. Often exploited by their employers, they were always liable to erupt into riots that could have fatal results. The book will look at who these men were, where they came from – and destroy the myth that they were all Irish. It is a story full of drama, but above all one of great achievements.