New life for ‘battered’ Foxton Locks

Thousands of tourists and millions of gallons of water every year had taken their toll on Foxton’s famous flights of locks, it was reported 25 years ago this week.

Between them, the boating visitors and the

water had conspired to bump and wash the then 180-year-old locks system to pieces, a report in the Mail revealed on March 22, 1990.

So a team of British Waterways engineers were embarking on a huge month-long renovation project on the flight of ten locks, its first major repair for about 40 years.

Work was to include replacing rotten wooden sluice gates with plastic ones, and relining the massive three-ton oak and elm lock doors. Lock walls had also been washed away over the decades.