Sunday 8 August 2021 – Members Outing to Market Harborough and Foxton Locks
Back by popular demand a repeat trip to Foxton Locks. Located on the Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal about 5 km west of the Leicestershire market town of Market Harborough, comprise ten canal locks consisting of two staircases each of five locks and are named after the nearby village of Foxton. The Grade II listed locks were built between 1810 and 1814 to replace a boat lift that lowered and raised boats in a metal trough and are a popular tourist attraction. The remains of the lift can be seen on site and there is talk of restoring the facility. The County Council has created a country park at the top of the flights whilst at the bottom where the junction with the arm to Market Harborough is located, there are two public houses, a shop, trip boat and other facilities.
Members not wishing to visit the Locks will be able to alight in Market Harborough and explore this historic coaching town. The centre of the town is dominated by the steeple of St. Dionysius Parish Church which rises directly from the street, as there is no church yard. It was constructed in grey stone in 1300 with the church itself being a later building of about 1470. Next to the church stands the Old Grammar School, a small timber building dating from 1614.
Depart from Victoria Street at 1200 hours and Whitehills at 1215 hours.
Return from Foxton at 1630 hours and Market Harborough at 1645 hours to arrive back at Victoria Street about 1730 hours