by Anthony Burton & Derek Pratt.
The final volume in the series brings the story right up to date.
Competition from rail and later road forced many canals into closure, and a large section of the old system seemed doomed to crumble away into terminal decay. Then came a new industry: the canal leisure industry, and with it the birth of the restoration movement.
This volume looks at what has been achieved and how the new compares with the old. Cities such as Birmingham, which formerly seemed to regard canals as supermarket trolley parks, have now been won over and have made the old canals part of a lively rejuvenation programme.
Softback, 159 pages. 12.2cms x 24.8cms approx. Colour and black & white photographs.