BRITISH CANALS – TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO LEISURE ACTIVITY
Canals are a familiar sight around the countryside of Great Britain but the question is why there are so many either meandering along following the shape of the land or rising many metres through complex locks or other structures.
This talk examines how canals have developed over the centuries to become the World’s First Integrated Transport System long before railways or anything else known today.
However, their heyday was short lived and many canals fell into disuse only to be born again during the past fifty years as a major Leisure Activity.
Andrew is retired Chartered Engineer and a Graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering at Southampton University. He has been involved in a wide range of construction projects during a 45 year career ranging from dock wharfs and canal bridges through major military installations to hospitals and care facilities.
It was during his time at Southampton whilst studying the Harbour and Coastal Engineering option that he became interested in how water, be it in rivers or oceans, determines so many aspects of our lives.
His interest in canals, both how they operate and the impact they have had on communities, is relatively recent arising from frequent cycle rides along the tow path of the River Lea Navigation in Hertfordshire.