Text and photographs copyright of Jim Shead.
Top 100 Sites
The Water Gipsies
By Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, Classic story set on the Thames and canals. Published by Methuen London Ltd.
Norfolk and Suffolk Broads
The Norfolk Broads by W A Dutt, (4th edition 407 pages) Published by Methuen London Ltd - The book is in two parts the first, being on the broads and rivers, is written by Dutt but the second part, on various broadland topics, is by local writers.
The River Tyne, Its Trade & Facilities. An Official Handbook... by R W Johnson & R Aughton, Published by Andrew Reid - This illustrated handbook was issued by the Tyne Improvement Commission.
Was responsible for rebuilding locks and sluices on the river and building a new lock and weir at Dog-in-a-Doublet.
Royalty Class Boats
Boats of the GUCC fleet of the 1930s, launched to coincide with a programme of widening, dredging and modernisation on the line of the canal, between London and Birmingham. They were named after kings and queens and only six were constructed.
Photographs taken between the 1930s and 50s published by Cambridgeshire Libraries Publications in 1996 in the book Along the Cam and the Great Ouse with Briscoe Snelson.
River Great Ouse
The locks from Brownshill to Eaton Scocon were rebuilt in the 1930s when this part of the river was restored by the newly formed Great Ouse Catchment Board.
Grand Union Main Line
The Grand Union Canal Company embarked on a major modernisation scheme.
Became part of the Grand Union.
Grand Union Canal
Formed in the years 1929 and 1932 by the amalgamation of many old canals.
Kennet and Avon Canal
Kennet Country by Fred S Thacker, Published by Blackwell Publishers (Basil Blackwell Ltd).
Became part of the Grand Union Canal.
No Boats on the River by Sir Alan Patrick Herbert, Published by Methuen London Ltd - The Thames Water Bus service, with a technical essay by J H O Bunge.
The Heart of England by Waterway
By William Bliss. Published by Witherby.
Grand Union Main Line
In about 1933-37 Bascote top two locks rebuilt as a wide staircase, replacing the single narrow locks.
Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
Commercial traffic ceased.
Thames and Severn Canal
Abandoned by orders of 1927 and 1933.
The locks were closed, by an order under the 1930 Land Drainage Act.
The Wizard Dee. A June Voyage from Bala to the Sea by T W Cubbon, Published by Witherby - Illustrated.
Neath and Tennant Canals
Navigation ceased on the Neath Canal in 1934 and about the same time the Tennant canal stopped carrying commercial traffic.
Thames & Medway Canal
The canal was abandoned in 1934.
Left his post of manager and engineer.
Vagabonding Through the Midlands
Including a pleasure trip by narrowboat from Wolverhampton to Llangollen, by W Byford-Jones, Published by Heath Cranton.
River Avon (Warwick)
Shakespeare's Avon by Ernest Walls, Published by Arrowsmith - Rivers of England series
Statutory rights of navigation above Sutton Lock were revoked by an Act.
No traffic after 1935.
Abandoned in 1935.
Shropshire Union - Llangollen Canal
Vagabonding Through the Midlands by W Byford-Jones, Published by Heath Cranton - Includes a pleasure trip by narrowboat from Wolverhampton to Llangollen.
The last remaining short length at Highbridge was abandoned.
Middle Level Navigation
Fenland Rivers by Iris Wedgewood, Published by Rich & Cowan - Impressions of the Fen Country.
Abandoned in 1937 except for the section from the Trent to Beeston Cut which is now part of the River Trent Navigation.
River Stour (Suffolk)
The Thames From the Towpath by E K W Ryan, Published by St. Catherine Press - "An account of an expedition on foot from Putney to Thames Head".
Inland Waterways of Great Britian and Ireland
By L A Edwards. Navigation handbook Written.
Oxford Canal (Southern Section)
L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.