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Grand Union Canal or Union Canal, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Grand Union Canal or Union Canal, a canal in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. It was formed in 1814, and is 25 miles long, including the Welford branch. It commences by a junction with the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal near Foxton, where there is a flight of 10 locks with 75 feet rise; proceeds in a southerly direction past Lubenham and Husbands Bosworth, where there is a tunnel 1166 yards in length, and a branch 2 miles long to Welford. Entering Northamptonshire it passes to the west of Hemplow Hills, by Yelvertoft to Crick, where there is a tunnel of 1528 yards, beyond which lies Watford. Here the canal descends a flight of 7 locks with a fall of 55 feet, and two miles farther it joins the Grand Junction Canal at Long Buckby.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Newspapers and Periodicals

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