Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal, Foxton, Leicestershire

Foxton Locks, Grand Union Canal, Foxton, Leicestershire
Photograph taken 25 March 2006 © Mrs Anne French. Source Historic England Archive ref: 191334

Foxton's locks is a flight of 10 locks. They were built in 1810. They raised boats a massive 75ft up the hill from Market Harborough and linked the north and south of England by canal. It took cargo boats over an hour to move through them. In 1900 an inclined plane was built alongside which raised boats in 12 minutes. This was expensive to maintain and was only used for 10 years. The large amount of leisure boats using the canal today has led to a plan to rebuild it.

Location

Leicestershire Foxton

Period

Georgian (1714 - 1836)

Tags

lock water canal transport Georgian (1714 - 1836)