by L.T.C. Rolt

First published in 1944, and now reissued over sixty years on, this fully illustrated book has become a classic on its subject, and is said to have started a revival of interest in the English waterways.

It was on a spring day in 1939 that L.T.C. Rolt first stepped aboard Cressy. He tells the story of how he and his wife adapted and fitted out the boat for their home and recreates the journey of some 400 miles that they made along the network of waterways in the Midlands. Recalling the boatmen and their craft and celebrating the seemingly timeless nature of the English countryside in those times through which they passed.

This new edition includes a beautiful set of new linocut illustrations by canal artist Eric Gaskell and 20 new photographs from the Rolt family archives and guides the reader from the Grand Union to Lichfield and the Coventry Canal.

As Sir Compton Mackenzie wrote, ‘it is an elegy of classic restraint, unmarred by any trace of sentiment’ for a way of life and a rural landscape which have now all but disappeared.


This is the perfect book for all those wanting to remember a bygone era of canal life.

This is an very good book and I would highly recommend it to our readers.

Published by:

The History Press
The Mill
Brimscombe Port



Paperback: 235mm x 155mm, 212 pp illustrated
Price: £14.99


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