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Foxton Locks - Open Weekend


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Spent an interesting morning at the locks complete with a guided tour conducted by Museum curator Mike Beech (suitably attired).

Fortified by mulled wine it was a very pleasant and informative visit. The lock gates are having the seals attended to by rebating in new oak.

The C&RT guide explained that £150,000 was being spent on the refurbishment, but hinted that far more work is really needed to keep up with degradation ... the newest lock gates were fitted in 1997 and due to it's Heritage status, only original materials can be used in repairs, so its all English Oak (they quoted £20,000 per gate) and hand-made bricks


The Tours continue tomorrow with seasonal tunes from Foxton Folk Club 2pm-4pm in the Museum.




Empty chamber, second lock down











Outlet culvert - leading into the side pond







Inlet Paddle




Splitter opposite the inlet culvert to ease the flow




Top of the Inclined Plane



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