Friday, August 03, 2007

Foxton Locks - 29 July 2007

Foxton LocksWe started the day at Foxton Locks, where we did a 5 mile walk, based around the locks and canal. It's a very picturesque spot, where Victorian engineers came up with a clever lift to raise wide boats up to a higher level. The narrow boats had to negotiate a flight of ten back-to-back locks. Foxton LocksWith such an arrangement there is no scope for passing so, once started, a boat had to ascend or descend all 10 before another boat could use the flight in the other direction.

Following this, we did a guided tour of Stanford Hall, as well as a tour of the Jaguars on show there: It was the national Jaguar gathering.

Stanford HallKelmarsh Hall was open for teas and visits to the garden. We enjoyed the tranquil setting.

Our final stop was the attractive town of Great Brington. The church has very impressive tombs to the Spencer family.

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