Oxford Canal: selected publications

As Rolt, co-founder and honorary Secretary of the Inland waterways Association says in the introduction to his book, “The British waterways system, consisting partly of navigable rivers and partly of still canals, combines beauty with utility to a unique degree.” He suggests that despite the canals’ commercial purpose, no other product of the industrial revolution contributed so much to the beauty of the English landscape.

These selected texts offer readers an introduction to the world of English canals and in particular to the Oxford Canal and its industrial heritage.  

Andrews, Philip W.S. (1965). The Eagle Ironworks Oxford: The story of W. Lucy and Company Limited, Mills and Boon

Chaplin,T., (1989)Narrow Boats, Whittet Books, London

Compton, H, J., (1976) The Oxford Canal, David & Charles, Newton Abbott

Winckworth, T and Hobbs, Mike (2009) The Lucy Story: Portrait of a Family Company, Butler Tanner & Dennis, Frome, UK

Davies, M. J, and Robinson, C., (2012) A Towpath Walk in Oxford The Canal and River Thames between Wolvercote and the City, Oxford Towpath Press, Oxford.  (edition 2)

Robinson, C., and Buxton, E,: Hayfield Road: Nine Hundred Years of an Oxford Neighbourhood (1993)

Robinson, C., and Wade, L., A corner of North Oxford: the Community at the Crossroads (2010)

Hadfield, C (1983) The Canals of the East Midlands, David & Charles, Newton Abbott

Hood N (2011) Fisher Row & The Watery Fringes of Oxford through Time, Amberley Publishing, Gloucestershire

Rolt, L. T. C, (1944) Narrow Boat, Eyre & Spottiswoode, London

Rolt, L.T.C (1969) (revised edition) Navigable Waterways, Penguin Books, London

Prior, Mary: Fisher Row: Fishermen, Bargemen and Canal Boatmen 1500 – 1900 (Clarendon Press, 1982)

Stewart, S (1993) Ramlin Rose The Boatwoman’s Story, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Stockford, M.,(2009) Growing up in Wolvercote 1931- 1951 Information Press, Eynsham (out of print)

Stockford, M., ( 2011) Them and Us Memories of Upper and Lower Wolvercote 1900-1980, Information Press, Eynsham (out of print)

Woolley, L (2010) Industrial Architecture in Oxford, 1870 to 1914, Oxoniensia (Oxfordshire

Architectural and Historical Society) LXXV: 67–96. Oxoniensia is the annual journal of Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society (OAHS). Oxonesia archives can be accessed by members. For membership details go to