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Crime on the Canals

Crime on the Canals

by Anthony Poulton-Smith

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Overview

Throughout our islands' history we find tales of thieves, smugglers, thugs and murderers. Books have been written retelling tales of bandits, footpads, highwaymen, et al, attacking the lone traveler, the horseman, the coachman, shipping line, locomotive engineer, lorry or van driver and even pilot. Yet for almost two centuries the majority of goods traveled on Britain's famed canal network. This also attracted felons of all kinds and yet these many tales had been ignored, until now.

Within these pages all manner of crimes are covered. From murders to muggings, parental problems to pilfering, arson, assault, smugglers, counterfeiters and even road rage (albeit canal-style). But it is not all morbid and misery, humor also plays a significant part in these tales. Why would a hungry man steal the inedible? Follow the policeman on foot chasing down a thief on board the narrowboat. Discover what really does lie beneath the waters of the canal. Learn canal etiquette, the hardships, the kindness and the cruelty.

From an author whose fascination with etymology has produced many books on origins of place names, leading to an interest in the historical modes of travel across our islands, this book is the latest to follow old routes and those found along them.



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ISBN-13: 9781526754783
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 06/27/2019
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Anthony Poulton-Smith is a writer of some 25 years experience, after a successful career in engineering for two decades. He is a leading light of his local literary festival and takes an active role in several groups in his home town of Tamworth, also finding time to give talks on the topics he writes about.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Canal System 1

Chapter 2 1826 William Hancock 3

Chapter 3 1833 Thomas Bodle 5

Chapter 4 1838 John Thompson 8

Chapter 5 1839 Charles Clark 9

Chapter 6 1839 Christina Collins 10

Chapter 7 1846 William Norman 15

Chapter 8 1847 Ann Bridges 17

Chapter 9 1853 Eliza Lea 20

Chapter 10 1857 John Turner 25

Chapter 11 1864 Thomas Caddick 27

Chapter 12 1865 Matthew Jones 29

Chapter 13 1865 Parkes and Dayus 30

Chapter 14 1867 Henry Thacker 32

Chapter 15 1870 John Goodwin 34

Chapter 16 1870 Timothy Bellingham 37

Chapter 17 1873 Elizabeth Lowke 39

Chapter 18 1874 The Tilbury 42

Chapter 19 1876 Southwick's Iron Foundry 44

Chapter 20 1885 Counterfeit Coin 46

Chapter 21 1888 Charles Snitheringale 48

Chapter 22 1888 Harry Price 49

Chapter 23 1890 Thomas Elliman 50

Chapter 24 1896 Edward Grain 54

Chapter 25 1898 Thacker and Polkey 56

Chapter 26 1899 Percy Horton 59

Chapter 27 1902 Jane Doley 61

Chapter 28 1902 Sarah Foster 64

Chapter 29 1906 Fowl Play 66

Chapter 30 1910 Glynn and Speedwell 67

Chapter 31 1913 Bromwich and Humphries 70

Chapter 32 1913 Catherine Bradfield 74

Chapter 33 1913 Frank Phipps 79

Chapter 34 1913 Williams, Jackson and Collinge 80

Chapter 35 1915 Annie 82

Chapter 36 1915 George Taylor and James Cross 83

Chapter 37 1918 Trippier, Thompson and Downham 85

Chapter 38 1919 Annie Wright 87

Chapter 39 1921 Mary Sutcliffe 94

Chapter 40 1926 William Mulvanny 97

Chapter 41 1927 The Bushells 99

Chapter 42 1927 Olive Turner 100

Chapter 43 1931 The Preston Hundreds 104

Chapter 44 1936 Eliza Worton 107

Chapter 45 1939 Edith Vincent 110

Chapter 46 1949 Pearl Cowman 116

Conclusion 118

Bibliography 120

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