Our network of over 2,000 miles of navigable waterways boasts an incredible heritage dating back to when the canals played a huge part in the day-to-day life of industrial Britain. Sadly, much of this architectural ingenuity, tradition and history lay forgotten as trade declined and many of the historic waterways fell into disrepair. But with the revival of the canals, they began to be appreciated as a national treasure to be cherished and conserved rather than neglected – and many of the formerly overlooked features have been restored from dereliction. This week we focus on the Inclined Plane in the small village of Foxton, located on the Grand union canal in Leicestershire.
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