Our Canal Population

George Smith's account of the appalling social conditions that canal folk suffered


George Smith, with an introduction by P A L Vine


EP Publishing, Wakefield, 1974
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Printing Details

Reprint. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 13cm, xi + 220pp.

Full title: Our Canal Population: A Cry from the Boat Cabins, with Remedy

From the dustwrapper: "George Smith's book on the canal people is not a mere description of the life and conditions of 'over 100,000 men, women, and children, living and floating on our rivers and canals, in a state of wretchedness, misery, immorality, cruelty and evil training that carries peril with it'. Although a disturbing history of the social conditions of the barge people, this book is much more. It was this book and its author which together were chiefly responsible for the passing of the Canal Boats Acy, 1877. This Act went a long way to alleviate the dreadful misery and distress of the canal population".


A very good copy but with tanning to the page edges.



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