Stroud, 1st.ed., 1994. Xx + 235 pp., many photos., maps, facsimiles, etc. Pict. laminated boards. 22 x 16cm. FINE. The Basingstoke Canal was built between 1788 and 1794 and from the latter year to the close of the Napoleonic Wars, its fluctuating trade is examined. During this period various extensions were planned but came to naught, partly due to the conflict of interest between the Thames Commissioners and the various canal companies. Post-Waterloo the competition from land and sea is described (1815-1832) ; the coming of the railway (1830-1839) the rivalry that ensued (1839-1850) ; the construction of Aldershot Camp (1854-1859) ; and on to its autumn days (1913-1966) – and its revival in recent years. Illustrated with photographs, maps and facsimiles.