Our autumn publication, “The Tavistock Canal: Its History and Archaeology” is the work of Robert Waterhouse and is published to mark the bicentenary of the canal’s opening. As well as telling the canal’s story, the book contains detailed archaeological drawings of the canal’s structures; it also covers the mines linked with the canal, other associated industries and the plateway and railway systems in the vicinity. It is a large volume of some 550 pages, in an A4 format to do justice to the author’s remarkable diagrams. Members who saw Robert’s presentation at this year’s AGM will be aware that these are of the highest quality. The book will also have an accompanying DVD to do justice to the largest and most detailed drawings.

The Society has only been able to publish this volume thanks to a number of generous individual and organisational sponsors. Their help has enabled us to offer this remarkable work at a cost of £30 for a large format softback edition. There will also be a very limited number of hardback copies at £50. We expect the book to be available on sale by the end of October and are planning a launch event at Tavistock Museum on Saturday 11th November.

Graham Thorne

Specimen drawings from canal book:

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