Narrowboats And Canals (DVD & Magazine Set)

Narrowboats And Canals (DVD & Magazine Set)
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Discover what it was like to work on Britain’s waterways, from digging canals to living on them.

Britain's waterways have been used as a source of transport ever since man needed to convey large quantities of minerals, raw material and mass produced commodities. The Romans introduced canals to these islands as early as AD 120 and by the late 1700s, a network of man-made arteries linked major rivers and sea ports to land-locked industrialised cities and towns across the country.

For a brief spell in history canal mania swept the land, but when the railways came steaming over the horizon, the canals were abandoned in favour of speed. Yet the canals survived on a reduced scale, the necessity proved to be the mother of invention.

Follow this fascinating journey to discover what it was really like to work on the waterways of Britain. From the men who dug the canals and the great engineers responsible for their construction, through to the strong resourceful boatmen, find out how they all played their part in keeping the wheels of the Industrial Revolution turning. In more recent years the canals have regained their popularity, but this time with holidays afloat.

Release Date: 22 April 2019

No. Discs: 1 

Cert: E

Running Time: 60 mins

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