Corrections and updates to RCHS publications2018-11-21T18:36:30+00:00

Updates and corrections to RCHS publications

The Shropshire Union Canal – Peter Brown

Updates and corrections provided by Peter Brown, 24th September 2018.

Rowland and Pickering’s experimental lift – Pages 68–69

A third site has been suggested for the location of the experimental lift: at the northern end of Trevor Basin, where the covered interchange dock was built. The evidence for none of the suggested sites is strong enough to be convincing. The mystery remains.

Canal & River Trust: local organisation – Page 232

From August 2018 the parts of the former Shropshire Union system in Cheshire are in the North West Region, the other parts in England being in the West Midlands Region. Thus the boundary on the Main Line is above the Audlem Flight and on the Llangollen Canal is below the Grindley Brook Flight. The parts in Wales are in the West Midlands Region for day-to-day matters, but liaison with the Welsh Assembly is dealt with by the Wales & South West Region.

Lyneal Trust – Page 247

I should have mentioned the excellent work done by the Lyneal Trust, a registered charity which provides canal and canalside holidays for people with disabilities and their carers, and which is run by volunteers. The Trust operates two canal boats from Lyneal Wharf, three miles east of Ellesmere, where it also has chalets. My apologies for the omission.

Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre and the George Watson Buck – Pages 260 & 275

The section of the book dealing with the restoration of the Montgomery Canal omitted any mention of the reopened section at Llanymynech. The restored Visitor Centre provides displays and exhibitions about the canal, Heritage Area and other local places of interest. The boat George Watson Buck has since 2005 provided trips on the short section of canal, which includes crossing the boundary from England into Wales. My apologies to all the hard-working volunteers without whom this valuable asset would not exist.

National Waterways Museum – Page 271

In October 2017 the National Waterways Museum took several of its deteriorating wooden boats out of the water and moved them to an off-site storage facility, just as I had hoped when I wrote the paragraph. This move to leased premises in Rossfield Road, about half a mile from the museum, was partly financed through the Arts Council England Resilience Project.

The Boat Museum Society, which provides volunteer skills and financial support to the National Waterways Museum, changed its name to the Waterways Museum Society in 2018. It was founded in 1971 as the North Western Museum of Inland Navigation, becoming the Boat Museum Society in 1995 prior to it transferring its museum operation to the Waterways Trust in 1999.


The Peak Forest Canal and Railway – Grahame Boyes and Brian Lamb

Corrections and new information provided by Grahame Boyes, 20th November 2018

Corrections (most were corrected in the reprinted edition)

David Kitching was very generous with the information he provided from his own researches. It was the intention that this would be duly recognised in the Acknowledgments on page 9. Regrettably his name is printed (twice) as David Hitchins.

p. 175 col.a line 31: For 20 25-boat loads read 20-25 boat loads.

Table 22 (p. 175): Final row should read: Operating surplus -£976 -£2,000 £987.

Fig. 124 (p. 177): The location is the Lower Basin at Bugsworth.

p. 179 col.a line 41: For five- to six-boat loads read five or six boat loads.

p. 184, final paragraph: The total number of listed structures is 47. Stodhart tunnel is grade II*.

Table 23 (p. 185): The column headings Revenue and Revenue per mile are transposed in the 1st printing. Insert additional row: Kennet & Avon 86.5 52,910 £610.

New information

p. 40: Bethel Furnice [Furness], mason, died of inflammation in December 1795 aged 33. [Baptised 27.11.1763 Leeds, St Peter; buried 22.12.1795 Manchester, St John.]

Fig. 103 (p. 148): The photograph is of Joseph Longson and family, the legend on the cabin side being ‘Joseph Longson [not Carrington], Bugsworth. The same family is also seen in Fig. 107 (p. 152).

Fig. 110 (p. 155): The photograph of Black Wharf was taken by Joseph Sidebotham and was originally published in the January/February 1855 edition of the Strines Journal.