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The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Through Time

     This book by Hugh Conway-Jones presents old photographs of the canal together with carefully matched views of the same scenes today. It highlights the dramatic changes that have taken place at Sharpness to suit modern shipping practices while most of the old buildings at Gloucester have survived and found new uses.

     Published by Amberley Publishing, the book has 96 pages with 90 old and 90 colour photographs. It is available from the Gloucester Waterways Museum shop and other outlets, price 14.99.

Gloucester Docks - an Historical Guide

     This book by Hugh Conway-Jones is a guide to Gloucester Docks for interested visitors. After a short historical introduction, the book features each of the various docks and quays at Gloucester, the major warehouses and the former railways, with many interesting stories of past activities. Then follows descriptions of the work that was done around the docks by corn porters, deal runners, visiting seamen and local boat and barge men. Finally, there is a short account of the huge changes that have taken place in the last 25 years.

     Published by BDL Publishing, the book has 48 pages with over 70 illustrations, many in colour. It is available from the Gloucester Waterways Museum shop and other outlets, price 5.00. 

The Gloucester & Sharpness Canal - An Illustrated History

     Drawing on contemporary sources, this book by Hugh Conway-Jones sheds new light on the construction, operation and maintenance of the canal, highlighting the people involved, the vessels that used the canal and the facilities that were provided at Gloucester and Sharpness. For the later part of the story, information from written records is supplemented by the memories of those who worked on the waterway, giving a vivid account of a way of life that is no more. Maps and photographs have been carefully chosen to illustrate aspects of the story throughout.

     Published by Amberley Publishing, the book has 192 pages with over 100 black & white and 30 colour photographs. It is available from the Gloucester Waterways Museum shop and other outlets, price 16.99.

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