When Foxton Locks were completed in 1814, canal trade was booming. The locks became a bottleneck with loads of boats wanting to use them at the same time. To solve the problem, a boat lift was built which carried boats up and down the steep hill in giant tanks of water.
Now, Foxton Locks is the perfect place to see and understand engineering at its best. These grand constructions changed this landscape forever. Visit Foxton Locks to discover the full story and find out why the lift was only open for ten years.