The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut)

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The four hydraulic boat-lifts on this short stretch of the historic Canal du Centre are industrial monuments of the highest quality. Together with the canal itself and its associated structures, they constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Of the eight hydraulic boat-lifts built at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition are these four lifts on the Canal du Centre.

Trivia

  • Designed by Edwin Clark of the British company Clark, Stansfield & Clark.
  • Originally there were 8 built during the late 19th and early 20th century but today only four of them are functional.
  • These are hydraulic lifts and each of these four elevators were built in order to bridge a height difference of 55 feet, and this with only one energy source: water.

Why should you visit The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre?

  • The boat-lifts of the Canal du Centre bear exceptional testimony to the remarkable hydraulic engineering developments of 19th-century Europe.
  • These boat-lifts represent the apogee of the application of engineering technology to the construction of canals.

Year of Inscription: 1998

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