SP6989 : Foxton Inclined Plane

taken 8 years ago, near to Foxton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Foxton Inclined Plane
Foxton Inclined Plane
Looking down the remains of the inclined plane; the depth of the drop can be gauged by the size of the narrowboats at the bottom. The inclined plane was opened in 1900 to bypass the Foxton lock flight, partly as a way of saving time for working boats but also as part of a scheme to accommodate wide-beamed boats on this canal. Sadly, the plane came too late in the day to revitalise canal traffic and was not helped by the fact that the locks at Watford were never widened. The plane closed after only a few years - boats reverting to using the locks. In recent years, however, funding has been available to clear the site and interpret it for visitors; in the longer term it is hoped to restore the plane to working order.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 27 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009
Category
Inclined plane   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 692 896 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.0112N 0:58.8871W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 692 896
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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