Black plaque № 12999 in Chester

LTC Rolt Lionel Thomas Caswell Rolt, Engineer and Writer was born at Chester on 11 February 1910 and died at Stanley Pontlarge, Gloucestershire on 9 May 1947.
Tom Rolt's love and understanding of the canals and of life on the inland waterways drew him from an engineering career to live and travel the waterways in his narrow boat 'Cressy'. The account in his celebrated book 'Narrow Boat' of his pre-war four hundred mile journey led directly to the formation of the inland waterways association in 1946. The success of the I W A in halting the dereliction of the canal system and ensuring its survival owes immeasurably to Rolt's vision. His energy and influence of his writings extending into the wide and varied sphere of what become industrial archaeology continue to enrich the lives of many. To commemorate his achievements and celebrate the founding of the association the Chester and District Branch of the I W A placed this plaque here.
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