Timeline Leicestershire line
1776 Construction starts on the Loughborough Navigation
1778 Loughborough Navigation opens
1791 Construction of Leicester Navigation starts
1794 Leicester Navigation opens
1792 First meeting to promote navigation to Harborough
1793 Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Union Canal and
Grand Junction Canal get their act of parliament on the same day.
1793 Construction starts Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Union Canal
1797 Work stops at Debdale,
1809 LNU opens
1810 Construction starts Grand Union Canal
1814 GUC opens
1881 Act of parliament Leicester Corporation to widen and straighten the river to alleviate flooding
1890 Flood prevention works completed, 2 locks removed one inserted.
1894 Grand Junction Cc, purchase the LNU & GU
GJCc plan to widen the canal with lifts replacing all locks as far as Leicester with Inclined Plane boat lifts.
1900 Foxton Inclined Plane Opens
1911 Watford locks rebuilt narrow.
1909 Foxton Locks rebuilt for FMC steamers on night time fly run
1911 Foxton Lift mothballed to save money
1928 Lift dismantled for scrap.
1928 GJCc, amalgamate with several other canals to form the Grand Union Canal Company (New)
1932 GJCc take over the Leicester Navigation, Loughborough Navigation and Erewash Canal Co.
1948 Nationalised under Docks and Inland Waterways Executive.
1949 Harborough Arm under threat from A6 road bridge lowering.
1950 IWA National Festival of Boats at Market Harborough
1963 Canals split from DIWE to become British Waterways Board
1964 Old Union Canals Society was formed
1980 Foxton Inclined Plane Trust came into existence
1989 Foxton Canal museum opened
2008 the Foxton Locks Partnership completed a £3m lottery funded project which has resulted in the lift site being removed from the ‘Monuments at risk’ register.
2012 the Canal & River Trust launches, becoming the Charity organisation taking over from BW.
2015 The Foxton Canal Museum is re-launched using Arts Counsil grant as The BoilerHouse. as The BoilerHouse .