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Oxford Canal, Northamptonshire

Historical Description

Oxford Canal, a canal in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, and Oxfordshire. It begins in a junction with the Coventry Canal at Longford, 3¼ miles NNE of Coventry; goes south-eastward, past Anstey, Brinklow, and Newbold, and within 1½ mile of Rugby, to the boundary with Northamptonshire in the vicinity of Hillmorton; proceeds 3 miles SSW within Northamptonshire; crosses a small wing of Warwickshire and a small wing of Northamptonshire, southward, to Wolfhamcote; goes thence, SW and W, within Warwickshire, to the vicinity of Napton; proceeds thence southward to the vicinity of Priors Hardwick; crosses another small wing of Northamptonshire, and passes again into Warwickshire, on to the W vicinity of Wormleighton; goes thence southward into the northern extremity of Oxfordshire; arrives at the valley of the Cherwell in the vicinity of Cropredy; and goes southward, down that valley, past Banbury, Clifton, the Astons, the Heyfords, and Kirtlington, to Bampton Gray; leaves there the Cherwell to the right; and strikes directly southward, past Woolvercot, to Oxford, where there is a junction with the Thames. It was formed in 1769-90. It is 91 miles long, and, by means of forty-two locks, it rises 74½ feet and falls 195 feet. A branch goes from it at Wolfhamcote to the Grand Junction Canal, and a tunnel and a reservoir are at Wormleighton.

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

Church Records, in association with the Northamptonshire Record Office, have images of the Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts for Northamptonshire online.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Northamptonshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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