I took this view from the Top Lock and you can see seven of the other nine which gives you an idea of how steep an incline the boats have to negotiate.
Foxton Locks (grid reference SP691895) are ten canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five locks, located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of the Leicestershire town of Market Harborough and are named after the nearby village of Foxton.
They form the northern terminus of a 20-mile summit level that passes Husbands Bosworth, Crick and ends with the Watford flight
Staircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, and consist of a group of locks where each lock opens directly into the next, that is, where the bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. Foxton Locks are the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system.
The Grade II* listed locks are a popular tourist attraction and the county council has created a country park at the top. At the bottom, where the junction with the arm to Market Harborough is located, there are two public houses, a shop, trip boat and other facilities. The area is popular with gongoozlers.(people who love the canals and everything to do with them but do not actually particpate).
Alongside the locks is the site of the Foxton Inclined Plane, an inclined plane built in 1900 as a solution to various operational restrictions imposed by the lock flight. It was not a commercial success and remained in full-time operation for only ten years. It was dismantled in 1926, but a project to re-create the Plane commenced in the 2000s, since the locks remain a bottleneck for boat traffic.
Building work on the locks started in 1810 and was finished 4 years later in 1814. Little changed until the building of the inclined plane resulted in the reduction in size of some of the side pounds. While the inclined plane was in operation the locks were allowed to fall into decline to an extent and in 1908 the committee released £1,000 to bring the locks back into full (nightly) operation.
In 2008, the locks became part of the European Route of Industrial Heritage, a network which seeks to recognize the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe.
The locks are usually manned during the cruising season from Easter to October and padlocked outside operating hours. This is done to prevent water shortages due to misuse and to ensure a balance between those wishing to ascend and descend. There can be lengthy delays at busy times but the actual transit should take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete; it is made quicker by the fact that the locks are narrow beam and the gates are light.
Thank you to www.wikipedia.com for all the information.
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marabu61 (5879) 2013-09-29 9:30
Living on the banks of the river Rhine, which has its fair share of locks, i must say that I have never seen anything like this. The whole set of locks luck quite impessive. But then the canal isonly for rather tiny boats, considering the width of the locks.
Have a great day
fds (6321) 2013-09-29 9:38
dear friend i would visit england next years
your very nice photo is a very interested document for my
very beautiful location and very great colors
SnapRJW (23756) 2013-09-30 10:49
Hello Marion - A very interesting note and a super shot with which to illustrate it. Your composition is very good showing the locks as they progress down the decline and away from us. The red, black and white colours of the lock gates give lovely contrast to the shot and stand out beautifully from the green countryside which stretches away into the distance. An attractive and well managed shot. Well done! Warm regards Rosemary
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