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Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

Description of Oxford Canal (Southern Section): Runs 49.25 miles from Napton Junction, where it joins the Grand Union Main Line, to Oxford where it joins the Thames.

History of Oxford Canal (Southern Section): Fenny Compton Tunnel was opened out in 1870. The name remains and its site can be recognised by the straight stretch of narrow canal in a cutting crossed by several bridges. In 1939 L. T. C. Rolt, on board Cressy, made his historic trip from Banbury, later recorded in his seminal classic canal book Narrow Boat.
For more details see the History page.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Oxford Canal

By Priors Hardwick Bridge

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  • The South Oxford Canal , Released in 1991, 0 minutes Produced by VideoActive, tape DVD. Order on video tape from Amazon . Order on DVD from Amazon
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Related External Web Sites of Oxford Canal (Southern Section)

  • Anglo Welsh A large narrowboat hire company with a good choice of bases and boats.
  • College Cruisers Narrowboat hire based in the centre of Oxford on the Oxford Canal.
  • Napton Narrowboats Hire boats at two Bases in the UK on the South Oxford and Shropshire Union Canals
  • Oxfordshire Narrowboats Two to twelve berth narrowboat holidays on the South Oxford Canal.
  • Cowroast Marinas Marina Services and boat sales based at Cowroast on the Grand Union and Fenny Compton on the Oxford Canal.
  • Kingsground Narrowboats Boat fitters based at Upper Heyford and with moorings at Enslow on the Oxford Canal
  • Wildcat Enterprises A small family run company, based on the Oxford Canal near Banbury, offering individual tuition in all aspects of boat handling on rivers and canals.

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Oxford Canal (Southern Section): Length 72 foot, beam 6 foot 10 inches. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Oxford Canal (Southern Section): Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Napton Junction

Junction with Grand Union Main Line Junction with the Grand Union Main Line

0

0

N

SP467624

151

Coventry Road Bridge No 109

0.5

0

N

SP463622

151

Napton Bridge No 111

A425 road and Napton Wharf

1

0

N

SP456619

151

Napton Brickyard Bridge No 112

1.3

0

N

SP452614

151

Napton Bottom Lock No 8

The Folly Bridge No 113

2.3

1

N

SP457606

151

Napton Lock No 9

2.4

2

N

SP457604

151

Napton Locks Nos 10 and 11

Gilkes Bridge No 114

2.5

4

N

SP457602

151

Napton Locks Nos 12 and 13

Shut Bridge No 115

2.8

6

N

SP457597

151

Greens Lock No 14

Part of the Napton Flight

3.1

7

N

SP458592

151

Napton Lock No 15

3.9

8

N

SP465585

151

Napton Top Lock No 16

Marston Doles Bridge No 119

4

9

N

SP464582

151

Priors Hardwick Bridge No 123

Priors Hardwick 1 mile south-east

5.3

9

N

SP461568

151

Griffins Bridge No 131

9.3

9

N

SP430550

151

Sherne Hill Bridge No 135

Wormleighton three-quarters of a mile east.

11.3

9

N

SP435534

151

Fenny Compton Wharf

A423 road bridge No 136

11.5

9

N

SP431532

151

Claydon Top Lock No 17

Claydon Top Bridge No 144

15

10

N

SP465504

151

Claydon Bottom Lock No 21

Claydon Bottom Bridge No 146

15.5

14

N

SP465496

151

Elkington's Lock No 22

Elkington's Bridge No 148

16.5

15

N

SP468485

151

Varney's Lock No 23

16.8

16

N

SP470481

151

Broadmoor Lock No 24

Broadmoor Bridge No 150

17

17

N

SP471478

151

Cropredy Lock No 25

Cropredy Bridge No 152 and Village

17.8

18

N

SP470467

151

Slat Mill Lock No 26

Slat Mill Bridge No 156

19.1

19

N

SP470449

151

Little Borton Lock No 27

Jobson's Lock

20

20

N

SP464438

151

Hardwick Lock No 28

Salmon's Lock

20.9

21

N

SP464426

151

Grimsbury Wharf

Lift bridge No 162

21.5

21

N

SP455417

151

Banbury Lock No 29

Banbury Town Centre

22.3

22

N

SP458407

151

Grant's Lock No 30

Grant's Bridge No 174

24.4

23

N

SP480382

151

Twyford Bridge No 177

Twyford Wharf

25

23

N

SP482372

151

King's Sutton Lock No 31

Tarver's Bridge No 179

25.9

24

N

SP490365

151

Nell Bridge Lock No 32

Nell Bridge No 187. A41 road bridge.

27.8

25

N

SP494343

151

Aynho Weir Lock No 33

28.1

26

N

SP494336

151

Aynho Bridge No 190

Ayhno Village 1.25 miles north-east up B4031.

29.1

26

N

SP487322

151

Somerton Deep Lock No 34

Bridge No 194

31

27

N

SP497322

164

Heyford Common Lock No 35

Heyford Comon Bridge No 200

33.3

28

N

SP486269

164

Allen's Lock No 36

Allen's Bridge No 204 leading to Upper Heyford Village

33.9

29

N

SP492261

164

Heyford Wharf Bridge No 206

B4030 road bridge leading to Lower Heyford village

35.1

29

N

SP482246

164

Dashwood's Lock No 37

Dashwood's Bridge No 209

36.6

30

N

SP486226

164

North Brook Lock No 38

37.1

31

N

SP488217

164

Pigeon's Lock No 39

Enser's Mill Lock. Pigeon's Bridge No 213

39.1

32

N

SP487194

164

Enslow Bridge No 216

A4095 road bridge

40.4

32

N

SP479182

164

Baker's Lock No 40

Gibraltar Lock. North end of River Cherwell section

40.8

33

N

SP479178

164

Shipton Weir Lock No 41

South end of River Cherwell Section

41.8

34

N

SP487170

164

Thrupp Bend

42.9

34

N

SP482159

164

Langford Lane Bridge No 224

A423 road bridge

43.4

34

N

SP482150

164

Roundham Lock No 42

Roundham Bridge No 226

44.1

35

N

SP483140

164

Yarton Lane Bridge No 228

Kidlington half a mile north

44.6

35

N

SP488133

164

Kidlington Green Lock No 43

45

36

N

SP491128

164

King's Bridge No 230

A34 road bridge

45.9

36

N

SP489115

164

Dukes Lock No 44

Junction with Duke's Cut Junction with Duke's Cut Branch leading to the River Thames

46.4

37

N

SP487106

164

Wolvercote Lock No 45

Wolvercote Bridge No 235

47.1

38

N

SP493098

164

Aristotle Bridge No 240

48.6

38

N

SP504078

164

Isis Lock No 46

Junction with River Thames Junction with River Thames

49.4

39

N

SP505066

164

End of Hythe Bridge Arm

End of navigation

49.5

39

N

SP507063

164

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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