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photoblog image Foxton Locks (4/7)

Foxton Locks (4/7)

One more shot of the top four locks in the upper ‘staircase’ of locks at Foxton, Leicestershire. Each of the ten locks had a side pond on the left, going up, like the one here, which acted a s a sort of reservoir for water to operate the system. The Lock-Keepers cottage at the top is now a small museum and of course the inevitable tearoom.

Foxton Locks (4/7)

One more shot of the top four locks in the upper ‘staircase’ of locks at Foxton, Leicestershire. Each of the ten locks had a side pond on the left, going up, like the one here, which acted a s a sort of reservoir for water to operate the system. The Lock-Keepers cottage at the top is now a small museum and of course the inevitable tearoom.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 2 Oct 2014, 00:16
Another good one, Brian.

I have a good understanding, now, of what a fine engineering achievement this was.
Brian Walbey: They were nothing if not very inventive all those years ago Ray.
  • Alan
  • Montrose, Colorado.
  • 2 Oct 2014, 04:01
Tearoom? Did someone say tearoom? Mmmmm... one thing I've missed since being in the US; not found a proper tearoom at all; everything seems geared around coffee. It is very clever how they ensure that there is sufficient water to help the rising boats navigate the stair case. On the Kennet & Avon there are 27 of these on the Caen Hill flight at Devizes!
Brian Walbey: Off to the left of each individual lock is a pool, like the one here, where the water supply for each is stored. No tearooms in America, I don't think I could be putting up with that for long.
Thats a lot of work to operate them ....great image mate
Brian Walbey: I would't want to be the person winding up the lock gate openings Shane.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 2 Oct 2014, 07:13
The tea-room would be just right after a walk along here, Brian
Brian Walbey: It was for us Lisl, it used to be the lock-keepers house many years ago.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 2 Oct 2014, 07:32
There is a nice sense of perspective
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, his lot must have taken some sorting out back when it was built.
The best one so far in my humble opinion Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, for us we were getting that much nearer to the tearoom and rest smile
Still quite a climb to go!
Brian Walbey: We made good use of the tearoom when we reached the top.
Phew nearly there and I expect a cup of tea is usually welcome
Brian Walbey: We got our breaths back and enjoyed the tearoom sitting outside and watching the world go by, as you do.
There had to be a tea room grin
Brian Walbey: Since we've got more senior in years and haven't had to have the kids with us tearooms seem to have become an important part of a day out, I suspect it's much the same for other members of our generation.
  • gutteridge
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 2 Oct 2014, 17:10
We are working our way to the top Brian.
Brian Walbey: The next picture is more or less at the top and then Saturday and Sunday were both taken right at the top, but of other things.
It is a fascinating piece of engineering, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It certainly is Frank and a popular visiting place.
These are fine pictures, Brian. A place we've visited several times. Full of interest and good walking. (The pub at the foot of the staircase is pretty good, too!)
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme. Until we moved here in 1989 we didn't even know about his place. We didn't do the pub this time but have in the past.
This is amazing.

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