New Book: The East End Canal Tales

Boats turning at the Hertford Union Canal entrance having unloaded timber 1965 © London Canal Museum

There’s a new book out written by Carolyn Clark which weaves together the memories of 50 local residents with historical accounts. The East End Canal Tales tells intriguing, humorous, moving and often surprising stories of life and work on the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals over two centuries.

The book is published this month by London Canal Museum as part of the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Regent’s Canal. The canal was open from Camden to Limehouse in 1820. The book contains 130 photographs, many never published before, plus three maps. You can read about canal trades from coal and manure, as well as canal-side industries and buildings. The top photo, from London Canal Museum, shows boats turning at the Hertford Union Canal entrance having unloaded timber in 1965.

The book is available from local bookshops, and online.

It’s also available from London Canal Museum which is open Tues – Sun 10am – 4 pm, and open until 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month. The Museum is near Kings Cross station in New Wharf Road, N1 9RT. Full price admission is £5.

East End Canal Tales book cover

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