Waterways, Oxford

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51°46′19″N1°16′23″W / 51.772°N 1.273°W / 51.772; -1.273 Coordinates: 51°46′19″N1°16′23″W / 51.772°N 1.273°W / 51.772; -1.273

The Waterways is housing estate in North Oxford, England. The Oxford Canal runs through the centre of the estate and it is bounded on the east by the Cherwell Valley railway line. [1] [2] To the west beyond the railway line are Port Meadow and the River Thames. The estate begins in the south as a continuation of Frenchay Road, part of Victorian North Oxford, and as Elizabeth Jennings Way connects with the Woodstock Road (A4144) at the northern end of the estate.

Housing estate group of homes and other buildings built together as a single development

A housing estate is a group of homes and other buildings built together as a single development. The exact form may vary from country to country. Accordingly, a housing estate is usually built by a single contractor, with only a few styles of house or building design, so they tend to be uniform in appearance. A housing development is "often erected on a tract of land by one builder and controlled by one management." In the British Isles, the term is quite broad, and can include anything from high rise government-subsidised housing, right through to more upmarket, developer-led suburban tract housing.

North Oxford suburban part of the city of Oxford in England

North Oxford is a suburban part of the city of Oxford in England. It was owned for many centuries largely by St John's College, Oxford and many of the area's Victorian houses were initially sold on leasehold by the College.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

South of the estate a Town Green area called The Trap Grounds is a delightfully muddy wetland full of wildlife. The wetland is fed by the watercourse that runs through the estate from the 'lake' that was originally one of the North Oxford clay pits.

The estate was built between 2000 and 2006, on the site of the British Motor Corporation's former Osberton Radiator Factory. [3] There is a Waterways Residents Association (WRA) [4] which represents everyone living on the estate, The Waterways Management Company (WMC) manages most of the public areas and leasehold properties on the Estate and represents the interests of the property owners.

British Motor Corporation vehicle manufacturer

The British Motor Corporation Limited (BMC) was a UK-based vehicle manufacturer, formed in early 1952 to give effect to an agreed merger of the Morris and Austin businesses.

The two main roads on the development cross the canal via modern, red brick bridges on Frenchay Road and Elizabeth Jennings Way. These bridges were painted with a series of murals in 2016 showing local history and wildlife and featuring drawings by local children. [5] [6] The project was organised by local residents supported by The Canal and Riverside Trust (C&RT), Oxford City and County Councils, Thames Valley Police and the local boater community, with funding from Tesco 'Bags of Help'. [7]

Frenchay Road

Frenchay Road is a residential road in Walton Manor, North Oxford, England.

Canal & River Trust charitable trust that looks after the waterways of England and Wales

Canal & River Trust holds the guardianship of in the order of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, together with reservoirs and a wide range of heritage buildings and structures, in England and Wales. Launched on 12 July 2012, the Trust took over the responsibilities of the state-owned British Waterways.

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Towpath canal path for boat use

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Grand Union Canal part of the British canal system

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Oxfordshire County of England

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Kennet and Avon Canal waterway in southern England linking the cities of Reading and Bristol

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Wilts & Berks Canal

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Thames and Severn Canal

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Grosvenor Canal former canal in the Pimlico area of London

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Stroudwater Navigation

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Slough Arm

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  2. The Waterways estate, Oxford, Wikimapia.
  3. "The Morris Motor Works (Osberton) by Woodstock Road and the Oxford Canal, Oxford, 1930 | Britain from Above". Britain from Above. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  4. "Waterways Residents Association (WRA)". www.thewaterways.co.uk. Oxford, UK: The Waterways. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. "Oxford Canal Mural Project". Oxford Canal Mural Project. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  6. "Oxford bridge murals combat graffiti". BBC News. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  7. "Tesco Bags of Help projects". www.google.com. Retrieved 21 March 2017.