SP6989 : Sidepond by Foxton Locks in Leicestershire

taken 6 years ago, near to Foxton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Sidepond by Foxton Locks in Leicestershire
Sidepond by Foxton Locks in Leicestershire
This is one of the nine sideponds by the two five-chamber staircases which make up the Foxton flight on the Grand Union canal (Leicester Section). This pond is fed by the drainage of Lock No 15, and in turn it feeds Lock No 16 (the eighth and ninth locks down in the flight of ten).

The Foxton Locks Inn is the white building beyond the final pond.
Staircase locks at Foxton, Leicestershire
At the northern end of the summit level of the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section), Foxton Locks is a flight of canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five lock chambers, separated by a short connecting pound. The ten locks are numbered 8 to 17 from the top. The flight alters the water level by 75 feet (almost 23 metres).
Water management is by way of large sideponds, so the correct sequence of paddles must be used when negotiating the flight. The locks are usually supervised by an experienced lock keeper, often assisted by recently recruited "Canal and Rivers Trust" volunteers. The locks have strictly applied passageway times, and are secured outside these hours. See LinkExternal link

Staircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, so two or more locks open directly into the next. The bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. This is the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system. Construction started in 1810, and they were completed by 1812. Restoration took place in 1909, shortly before the unsuccessful nearby Foxton inclined plane was taken out of regular service.
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Date Taken
Friday, 23 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Monday, 3 September, 2018
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Canals 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6917 8970 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.0495N 0:58.9481W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6915 8967
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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