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The Leas Lift

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The Leas Lift was originally installed in Folkestone in 1885 and is a Grade II* listed water-balanced funicular railway - one of the oldest water lifts in the country.

For more than a century it carried passengers between the seafront and the promenade, with thousands of people per day using it at its peak in the 1940s and 1950s. But in 2016 it closed because of health and safety issues, and supporters are now working hard to raise the money for it to open again as a living museum.

The Folkestone Leas Lift CIC want to restore the lifts to their Victorian glory, and to return the building to a functional and safe condition. You can read more about their work on their Facebook page.



Lower Sandgate Road Folkestone
CT20 1QJ


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