DigitalCanal Blog

WRG uncover the past

WRG volunteers at workA 100 year old wall buried temporarily 4 years ago during £3m lottery funded works has been uncovered. The 1910 dated revetment wall was one of the improvements made to the side ponds of the locks in 1910 when the locks were being reinstated after the Inclined Plane was mothballed to save money.

The wall was buried when the bank above was raised to improve wheelchair access along a path to the museum. The fill material, slid down over the wall and the engineer asked that it be left until the bank stabilised.

With changes in BW personnel, the wall was forgotten. This week Essex Waterway Recovery Group Volunteers unearthed and cleaned the stone wall to make another feature of the locks visible. A second days work planned for the Sunday was cancelled due to heavy rain.


It’s Live!

screenshot of digital canal projectOur MuBu digital canal project is now live. Part one of the plan is now complete the web designer has finished his work (we are very pleased with the results). We have added some of the photographs and info to the site, but over the summer volunteers of all ages have been snapping digital pictures of our waterways to add to the site. The hardest job is identifying the exact place on the map the pictures were taken, especially where trees obscure the view on Google Earth.
Over the winter, volunteers will be adding more pictures and information.
Part two of the plan is to purchase and install a dedicated computer so that visitor to Foxton Canal museum can also view the digital map.
Go to to view the project live.


Festival Success

Foxton Festival a big success, despite Saturdays rain.


BTCV work at Foxton 28 July 2010

British Trust for Conservation Volunteers have been working at Foxton. This week they are removing redundant fencing materials, cutting back plants, which are intruding on to the paths and generally tidying up.


New info at Harborough

Old Union Canals Society Navvies

Old Union Canals Society Navvies

New info at Harborough

A new information panel has been erected at Harborough Wharf. the panel funded entirely by the Old Union canals Society was designed by Edward Moody Designs of Leicester and erected by members of OUCS with the assistance of a local resident.

The panel is of a very durable and high quality costing £2,000 but is considered to be good value because it should last a long time and be very vandal resistant. Planning permission was necessary because the wharf is a conservation area and this took some time. A mock up was on display at last year’s LNU 200 festival celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the canal.

The panel tells the history of the wharf, linking it to the local waterways.  It contains pictures from the OUCS archive, which is housed at Foxton Canal Museum. It is hoped that more panels will be erected along the Old Union Canals in the next few years. The society would welcome suggestions as to where they might be useful and offers from sponsors.

The Wharf is the terminal of the Old Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal, the last five miles of which have been  known as the Harborough Arm since 1815 when the Old Grand Union opened to traffic and completed the link to Northamptonshire.

The OUCS is the local canal society and often works in partnership with the Foxton Inclined Plane Trust. For more information go to and look at local canals.


About this Sponsor

Foxton Inclined Plane Trust, runs Foxton Canal Museum. We are a voluntary run organisation promoting the Victorian Boat Lift and Leicestershire's canals.