Book reviews — March 1973
Industrial Archaeology in Britain — R.A. Buchanan
Penguin Paperback, 1972, 60p
A compact factual and highly readable 446 page book, which is a must for industrial archaeologists. All major sites in the U.K. are mentioned, industry by industry, and usefully marked on regional survey maps at the back, 44 plates, 40 drawings illustrating the text, bibliographies. A very good buy. Terry Thomas
Cast Iron, Windmills & Watermills, Crossing the River, Roads — Christine Vialls
Published By A.C. Black. £1.75 the set
Four booklets by our member Christine Vialls, from a new I.A. series published by A.C. Black. Designed to whet the appetites of younger enthusiasts — aged 9 plus —although very good for a quick browse by anyone, as there are lots of interesting clear diagrams, photographs and pieces of information. Terry Thomas
Rees's manufacturing industry (1819-20) vols. 1-5, — Ed. Neil Cossons
David & Charles, Feb 1973, £55 set in slipcase.
This is the technology section of Rees's Cyclopaedia, published in 1819-20 in 45 volumes, which was the first major encyclopaedia to come to grips with technology. Here all the major contributions on this aspect are reproduced in a more convenient form, after careful selection and editing by Neil Cossons. Valerie Hunn
5,000 Miles, 3,000 Locks: Britain's Inland Waterways — John Gagg
Published by Arthur Barker, £2.00
This is the author's third book on canals, and describes voyages along most of the main canals in Britain. His main concern is with the canals as they are now he writes about the various craft used on them nowadays, and the people he has met on his journeys. An interesting section tells of the design and construction of the author's ideal 31ft. canal boat.
Much information is given on the various types of lock and how to work them, and tips on the peculiarities of individual locks, bridges and stretches of canal will be welcome to the practical enthusiast! Valerie Hunn
Harrow Walkabout — Elizabeth Cooper
Pinner & Hatch End W.E.A., 50p. Obtainable from the Branch Secretary, Pinner and Hatch End W.E.A., 92 Kenmore Avenue, Harrow HA3 8PN.
To mark their 25th anniversary, the Pinner and Hatch End Branch of the W.E.A. has published this new book by Elizabeth Cooper, which describes seven walks covering a wide variety of objects of historical interest in the Harrow area. The text provides information and comment on the features of each route which are also well illustrated with photographs and drawings. The routes themselves are clearly shown on the maps.
St. John Thomas Booksellers — well known as stockists of I.A. books — will be moving at the end of March to new premises at 33 Baker Street, London W1M 1AE.
© GLIAS, 1973