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Max Moonlight’s

Music academy

Tuition in Guitar, Bass guitar, Ukelele, Pedal Steel, Recording, Accompaniment.

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Free football sessions

Jericho Street Sport Site. Saturdays 12.45pm – 2.45pm
Appropriate footwear required. Age Range: 13years plus
For further information contact 07788 244 890

Street Fair Stalls

Would you like to book a stall for the Street Fair on June 14?

£50 per full stall (£20 for half stall if you are a charity or resident of Jericho).

Please click HERE.

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Canal Street

Canal Street with St Barnabas

Item posted: December 27 2012

Canal Street runs roughly parallel with the Oxford canal.

Canal Street runs roughly parallel with the Oxford canal from Nelson Street to Mount Street, ending at the old wharves of Lucy’s Eagle Ironworks and connects all the streets running down to the canal from Walton Street. Alleys leading off it give access to the canal and its wharves and warehouses. Yet it was not finally built up until the 1870s because of waterlogged ground and persistent flooding.

For when the canal was built little thought was given to the effect it would have on the natural drainage. Here the Thames divides into a number of shallow branching channels separated by low ridges. Oxford itself stands about 2-3 metres above the river level and the runoff drains down into such channels. The course of the canal destroyed the Winterbourne stream which drained north Oxford and disrupted the discharge into the Castle Mill Stream, while the puddled clay lining of the canal restricted the flow of ground water. So the water ponded up along the east side of the canal creating a belt of waterlogged ground in western Jericho. This was the area known as Ward’s fields. Into these fields spilled all the sewage, road runoff and refuse from North Oxford, making it impossible to build there before the land was drained. The situation was made worse by the construction of a pound lock on the Thames at Osney. In this type of lock the water is held back before release so sending a surge of water downstream and raising the water level to allow barges to reach or leave Oxford for a brief period. It also aggravated flooding upstream until it was replaced by a flash lock in 1829.

The London North West Railway was faced with the flooding problem when laying its track and had to put down hundreds of tons of gravel to drain the ground and provide for a high embankment. This improved matters. By the 1860s Ward’s fields were dry enough to start building and the roads leading down from Walton Street were extended to Canal Street.

The threat of floods remained nevertheless. One resident recalled sitting on a table top and being pushed from school through the flood water. The housing was, in general, very poor and a high proportion of condemned properties had to be demolished in Canal Street during the urban renewal of the 1970s. It was also the scene of one of the worst clashes between squatters and residents which marked that time. Under the new definition of Jericho as a residential area most of the small waterside industries which remained were relocated. Hinkins and Frewin’s yards are now Whitworth Court and a new mains draining system has reduced the risk of flooding. New housing on the old wharves is now transforming this 19th century industrial site into a smart residential area.

Based on information in the Jericho Sketchbook.

Did you know ...

The history of the Phoenix?

There has been a cinema here since 1913. Orginally it the ‘North Oxford Kinema’, since when it has passed through many hands and names, including the Scala, the New Scala, the Studios 1 and 2, Studio X (a club showing soft porn) and finally in 1977 the Phoenix.

Who has a car?

According to the 2001 Census, only 47% of Jericho households have a car compared with 67% for Oxford as a whole.

What St Barnabas Church cost to build?

Thomas Combe the Superin­tendent of OUP and it was he who commissioned and paid for the construc­tion of the church in 1869 at a cost of £6,492. All the interior fittings were provided for about £900. The campanile was erected in 1872 for £800.

 

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I am looking for a friendly lady who would like to spend a couple of hours a week, or fortnight, being company for another nice lady who likes going out to cafés, visits to local museums, or a bit of window shopping, but who doesn’t enjoy it much alone. If you think you could offer this, please contact Bee on 07786 277971