Foxton Locks :: Shared Description
Foxton Locks are two sets of staircase locks on junction of the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal
, just to the west of the village of Foxton.
Built in 1810, the each set of 5 locks raise boats up 75ft to join back to the main route of the Grand Union. It would take an experience boatmen about 45 minutes to travel through all ten locks.
In 1900 an inclined boat plane boat lift (known as the 'Thomas Lift') was built, to lift up boats the whole height of the hill in just 12 minutes, and could carry two narrowboats at a time, and reduced the wastage of water. It was closed only 10 years later under financial pressures. The remains can still be seen.
The site is now a popular visitor attraction Link
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Created: Sun, 3 Jul 2011, Updated: Fri, 6 Sep 2013
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