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Record of a Working Waterway

by D. G. Wilson


THE THAMES: Record of a Working Waterway by D. G. Wilson - This icon is used elsewhere in my site as a link to this page.

Record of a Working Waterway

by David Gordon Wilson


First published 1987 by B. T. Batsford Ltd., London

A turquoise cloth bound book in NEAR FINE condition with very little sign of use. Illustrated throughout in black and white.
Dust wrapper is price clipped and top edges very slightly wrinkled but condition is still VERY GOOD PLUS.

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Price £10.00 ( incudes UK postage )

ISBN ISBN 0 7134 5298 6

pages 194 mm. x 257 mm. x 15 mm.

Weight unwrapped <498grams. Weight wrapped <750grams.


D. G. Wilson's 'The Thames: Record of a Working Waterway' - A flash photograph: an attempt to show the condition and general appearance of this book.

The Thames has a longer history of Navigation than any other river in Britain - since the earliest times it has been a channel for communication into England's heartland. David Wilson has recorded its history as a working river; the fishermen, fowlers, reed and rush cutters, and particularly the trading bargemen who traversed its water, their unique craft, their cargoes and hazards they encountered.

Beginning with the pre-history of Celtic navigation, the author considers the effects of Roman occupation, medieval locks and weirs, and the steady development of barge design. River trade flourished under the Tudors and Stuarts, while in the eighteenth century the industrial Revolution

began a boom in canal construction and connecting cross-country routes. The rise of the railways brought severe competition for the bargeman, and the twentieth century an overall decline in inland water trade.

Remarkable characters have played a part in the Thame's working history; brawling Bill Honnor of Great Marlow,poacher, the contrite William Dicks of Henley, or John Taylor, wherryman, poet and pamphleteer. Other names to crop up are Richard I (who sold off Crown rights to the City of London), Wren (St. Paul's Cathedral boosted the stone trade), Pepys (who carroused with bargemen) and Brunel (almost killed unloading an early GWR locomotive). The book concludes with a detailed account of the Thames in London, from Roman times to the present day.

Background adapted from the back cover of the dust wrapper of 'THE THAMES: Record of a Working Waterway' by D. G. Wilson". Acredited to Joseph Farington.