SP6989 : The Foxton Canal Museum

taken 25 days ago, near to Foxton, Leicestershire, Great Britain

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The Foxton Canal Museum
The Foxton Canal Museum
The Foxton Canal Museum is located in the former boiler house for the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift steam engine. The museum covers the history of the locks and the plane, the lives of the canal workers, and other aspects of the local canal. There is also a collection of Measham pottery. The museum opened in 1989.
Foxton Locks
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.

The site is now a popular visitor attraction LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 19 November, 2019   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 26 November, 2019
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Historic sites and artefacts  Canals 
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WGS84: 52:29.9792N 0:58.9321W
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