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The Wey Navigations an Historical Guide

by Alan Wardle 2003

Wey Navigation front cover
Wey Navigation back cover

This book is both a practical guide for visitors and a concise history of one of Britain's earliest man-made navigable waterways, a major milestone in improving communications that helped the country towards greater prosperity and emergence as a world power. What is visible today from the towpath is linked to happenings in the past involving many famous people and events. Unusually the guide maps too are historic, dating from the 19th century. They, along with older and more recent photographs, help to show how little has changed along its course since the first works of Sir Richard Weston of Sutton Place were completed in 1653.