L.T.C. (Tom) Rolt
wrote his most influential book
whilst living on board Shroppie fly-boat
adapted for him at Tooleys Boatyard nearby.
This book, which tells of his 1939 cruise around the decaying canals
inspired the founding of the
Inland Waterways Association
which for over fifty years has campaigned for
the preservation and restoration of our many waterways
for all to enjoy.
27th July 1999
The sixtieth anniversary of his departure from Banbury
Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt (usually abbreviated to Tom Rolt or L. T. C. Rolt) (11 February 1910 – 9 May 1974) was a prolific English writer and the biographer of major civil engineering figures including Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Telford. He is also regarded as one of the pioneers of the leisure cruising industry on Britain's inland waterways, and as an enthusiast for both vintage cars and heritage railways.