Did you know that the city of Oxford is built on a series of islands? This unique book is an opportunity to explore an intricate network of waterways that are often overlooked by visitors to the city. Discover gushing mill streams and picturesque flood meadows walk along an industrial canal and a working river; watch leisure boating and competitive rowing. Look for evidence in the names of neighbourhoods, streets, bridges and pubs giving clues to the watery history of this city.
Discover why convicts from Oxford's prison built many of Oxford's canal, locks and other structures. Find out how the river was part of Oxford's Town and Gown division. See which parts of Oxford's rivers featured in works of literature including Alice in Wonderland, the adventures of Tom Brown and Three Men in a Boat. This book will definitely give you a different perspective of Oxford.
Nancy holds degrees in history, archaeology and history of art, and worked for over 30 years for Oxfordshire County Council's museum service. Now retired she was curator of Wantage's Vale and Downland Museum, Abingdon Museum, Cogges Manor Farm Museum and the Museum of Oxford before managing the behind the scenes resources such as exhibition production, storage and conservation. She has written a number of local history books.