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Discover Foxton's history

The Grand Union Canal – as the name suggests – is a union of lots of smaller canals. In 1810 an Act of Parliament authorised a new section to be built from the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Canal at Foxton to the Grand Junction Canal at Buckby.

Foxton Locks Foxton Locks

It meant that for the first time boats and cargos could travel from the River Thames at Brentford to the East Midlands, including the coalfields of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

But at Foxton you will notice that there is a bit of a slope. So how do you dig a canal that can rise 75 feet up such a steep escarpment?

Come and discover the story that unfolded here at Foxton during the building of the canals. Why it was so special. And why its important that the Canal & River Trust continue to care for our history, our heritage and our wonderful waterways communities today.

Foxton's Boilerhouse today courtest Richard BoylesThe view of the same Boilerhouse today.

Last date edited: 29 March 2017