|Bradshaw was a common word used by travellers for
decades to refer to the most famous of all railway timetables in Britain. Perhaps less
well-known is the canal Bradshaw, written by Henry Rodolph de Salis as a reference work
for traders on the canals. The first edition was published in 1904, and is hard to find;
even the David & Charles reprint of 1969 is not at all common.
De Salis travelled the whole of the Inland Waterway system in order to compile his work. He was a Director of the canal carriers Fellows, Morton & Clayton, based in Birmingham. Their boats were known as Joshers, because of Joshua Fellows.
The book is substantial - nearly 500 pages. Reproduced here are the pages for the Birmingham Canal Navigations.
Rod Beavon 17 Dean's Yard London SW1P 3PB
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