SP6989 : Foxton Staircase Locks in Leicestershire

taken 8 years ago, near to Gumley, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Foxton Staircase Locks in Leicestershire
Foxton Staircase Locks in Leicestershire
Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section).
The ten locks (two staircases) of the Foxton flight alter the water level by 75 feet (almost 23 metres).
This is part of the upper staircase of five, looking downwards across Lock No 10, the third lock down. Being a staircase, it drains directly into Lock No 11 as indicated on the balance beam shown.
The red-brick building was the boiler house for the former inclined plane structure. It is currently used as a museum.

Staircase locks at Foxton, Leicestershire

At the northern end of the summit level of the Grand Union Canal (Leicester Section), Foxton Locks is a flight of canal locks consisting of two "staircases" each of five lock chambers, separated by a short connecting pound. The ten locks are numbered 8 to 17 from the top. The flight alters the water level by 75 feet (almost 23 metres).
Water management is by way of large sideponds, so the correct sequence of paddles must be used when negotiating the flight. The locks are usually supervised by an experienced lock keeper, often assisted by recently recruited "Canal and Rivers Trust" volunteers. The locks have strictly applied passageway times, and are secured outside these hours. See LinkExternal link

Staircase locks are used where a canal needs to climb a steep hill, so two or more locks open directly into the next. The bottom gates of one lock form the top gates of the next. This is the largest flight of such staircase locks on the English canal system. Construction started in 1810, and they were completed by 1812. Restoration took place in 1909, shortly before the unsuccessful nearby Foxton inclined plane was taken out of regular service.

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Friday, 23 August, 2013   (more nearby)
Sunday, 2 September, 2018
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6913 8954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:29.9635N 0:58.9855W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 6912 8952
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