Here’s a treat for canal enthusiasts and other people interested in local waterway history. For Christmas a good pal acquired and gave to me a book of photos, published in 1982 by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and called ‘The BCN in Pictures’.
The work is a remarkable black and white booklet covering many then current and historical pictures of the Birmingham and Black Country canal system, characters found upon it, boats that traversed it and people who were working hard to restore it. I’ll feature a gallery of images from the book tomorrow, but the book as a whole contains a huge amount of material so it’s worth bagging a copy if you can find one.
The book features a great map of the BCN network as it stood on publication and I feature it above in low resolution and here in 600dpi high quality by clicking here – that’s a 32 meg file so will take a while to download but it’s clear and includes the minutest detail close up. It’s a great map.
The Birmingham Canal Navigations Society still exist of course, and in 2019 are to take on the organisation of Brownhills Canal Festival – more on that to come soon.
I include a couple of local images as tasters of the book. If you have any comments to make, please do – either here on the post or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. You can of course, find me on social media too.