As part of our annual winter works programme we’re undertaking essential maintenance works at Foxton Locks near Market Harborough in Leicestershire and inviting you to come and see what we’re up to.
The work at Foxton on the Grand Union Canal, which will cost £120k in total, involves the relining and repairing of locks on this historic staircase flight. Locks 9 and 13 will be drained and closely inspected for any further maintenance work which may need to be carried out.
We’re inviting you to a behind the scenes look at Foxton Locks this weekend to see the work required to protect this historic structure. You’ll get the opportunity to go into the drained locks, and learn about the heritage of the area as well as the breadth of expertise and skills required to carry out the work. We’ll also have our experts on hand to answer any questions you may have.
The open weekend will also play host to a range of activities. The Foxton Folk Club will be performing in the museum on Sunday afternoon. There will also be tours of the Foxton staircase flight of locks and Foxton Museum, where a book launch and new exhibition is taking place over the weekend.
The new book, Foxton Inclined Plane by David Carden, takes a look at the period in history where rapid development of the waterway links between London and the coalfields of the East Midlands led to the construction of Foxton Inclined Plane. It details the working years of the lift and concludes by describing the recent renaissance of the site.
You can visit the open day any time between 10 and 3pm on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December.