Crime on the Canals

Anthony Poulton-Smith

For almost two centuries the majority of goods travelled on Britain's famed canal network, attracting felons of all kinds. Within these pages all manner of crimes are covered including murders, muggings, arson, assault, counterfeiters, and even road rage (albeit canal-style).
Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526754783

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 128
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Throughout our islands' history we find tales of thieves, smugglers, thugs and murderers. Books have been written retelling tales of bandits, footpads, highwaymen, et al, attacking the lone traveller, the horseman, the coachman, shipping line, locomotive engineer, lorry or van driver and even pilot. Yet for almost two centuries the majority of goods travelled on Britain's famed canal network. This also attracted felons of all kinds and yet these many tales had been ignored, until now.

Within these pages all manner of crimes are covered. From murders to muggings, parental problems to pilfering, arson, assault, smugglers, counterfeiters and even road rage (albeit canal-style). But it is not all morbid and misery, humour also plays a significant part in these tales. Why would a hungry man steal the inedible? Follow the policeman on foot chasing down a thief on board the narrowboat. Discover what really does lie beneath the waters of the canal. Learn canal etiquette, the hardships, the kindness and the cruelty.

From an author whose fascination with etymology has produced many books on origins of place names, leading to an interest in the historical modes of travel across our islands, this book is the latest to follow old routes and those found along them.

About The Author

Anthony Poulton-Smith is a writer of some 25 years experience, after a successful career in engineering for two decades. He is a leading light of his local literary festival and takes an active role in several groups in his home town of Tamworth, also finding time to give talks on the topics he writes about.

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