SP6989 : The site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift

taken 23 days ago, near to Foxton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

The site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift
The site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift
Foxton Locks are two sets of staircase locks on the junction of the Market Harborough Arm of the Grand Union Canal, just to the west of the village of Foxton.

Built in 1810, both sets of 5 locks raises boats up 75ft to join back to the main route of the Grand Union. It would take an experienced boatman 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 it 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.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 November, 2019   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Derelict, Disused  Canals 
Primary Subject of Photo
Boat Lift 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 692 896 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:30.0167N 0:58.9047W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 692 896
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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