Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

Foxton Locks (Foxton)

Foxton Locks constitute an extraordinary relic of the canal age, and are situated at the Leicestershire village of Foxton.

It was constructed in 1808 to allow the Grand Union Canal, on its way between Market Harborough and Leicester, to make a spectacular rise of 75 feet.

There are two consecutive staircases, each of five chambers.

Also on the site was a steam powered boat lift, which operated from 1900 to 1911.

Today Foxton Locks, with an associated museum, are a very popular tourist attraction.

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