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Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal, Leicestershire

Historical Description

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Union Canal, a canal in Leicestershire, commencing at West Bridge, Leicester, and ending at Market Harborough. For about 3 miles from its commencement it passes along the bed of the river Soar, which is canalized. The canal proper commences at Aylestone and passes near Blaby, Wigston, Wistow, Fleckury, Saddington, Gamley, and Foxton, where it forms a junction with the Grand Union Canal, and thence on to Market Harborough on the border of the county. Its total length is 23 miles 40 chains, and it has twenty-four locks, with a total rise of 160 feet 10 indies, and one tunnel near Saddington 880 yards in length. It has a reservoir at Saddington with a capacity of 18, 197, 263 cubic feet. By means of its junction with the Grand Union Canal, it forms a connecting link between the northern and southern counties, Marschapel, Grainthorpe, Coverham St Mary, Coverham St Bartholomew, Yarborough, Alvingham, and Keddington, to the town of Louth. It has eight locks, with a total rise of 51 feet.

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

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