Foxton Locks :: Shared Description

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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17 images use this description:

SP6989 : Lock 9 at Foxton Locks by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Stephen McKay
SP6989 : Foxton's icebreakers by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : The Foxton Canal Museum by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : Lock keepers cottage at Foxton Locks by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : Foxton Top Lock by Stephen McKay
SP6989 : The Foxton Canal Museum by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Oast House Archive
SP6989 : Foxton Locks - pulley wheel. by Chris Allen
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Oast House Archive
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Stephen McKay
SP6989 : Grand Union Canal, Foxton - swing bridge. by Chris Allen
SP6989 : The site of the Foxton Inclined Plane Boat Lift by Mat Fascione
SP6989 : Foxton Locks Inn sign by Oast House Archive
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Stephen McKay
SP6989 : Foxton Locks by Oast House Archive
SP6989 : Foxton Top Lock by Mat Fascione


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Created: Sun, 3 Jul 2011, Updated: Sat, 1 Sep 2018

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