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Tales from the Towpath: Stories and Histories of the Cotswold Canals

written by Fiona Eadie with illustrations by Tracy Spiers

For 250 years the Cotswold canals played a vital role in Stroud’s history. Navvies and lock-keepers, lengthsmen and leggers formed part of a vast and numberless company who lived and worked on these waterways. Their stories are just some of the fascinating tales brought to light in this new collection.

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As the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames & Severn canal wind their way from Framilode to Inglesham, they hold the stories of all who lived and worked on them. 

A vast and numberless company of navvies, lock-keepers, lengthsmen, leggers, boatbuilders, proprietors, merchants and swimmers have their tales to tell and it is some of these that are captured in Tales from the towpath. From Jack spinning yarns as he legs barges through the Sapperton tunnel to Elizabeth swimming for all she is worth in the Wallbridge gala, the stories span 250 years of life on the Cotswold canals.

Mixing fact and fiction, these stories bring the past to life and, like all the best tales, appeal to children and adults alike.

Fiona Eadie is a Gloucestershire-based storyteller and deviser of storywalks through the landscape. She is passionate about language, about bringing the spoken word to life and about uncovering stories of place. These original tales are complemented by the evocative illustrations of local artist Tracy Spiers.