Rose Isle

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Rose Isle from upstream
The former Swan Inn on Rose Isle

Rose Isle is an island in the River Thames in England just downstream of Kennington Railway Bridge on the reach above Sandford Lock, near Kennington, Oxfordshire.

The island is tree-covered and has a narrow channel behind it crossed by a footbridge. It was formerly used for the growing of osiers (basket willows, used for basketry, furniture, and cart-making). The house on the island replaces the Swan Hotel which was formerly a well-known stopping point on the river. The island was also known in the past as Kennington Island or St Michael's Island.

See also[edit]


  • Leigh Hatts. The Thames path: from the sea to the source. Cicerone Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-85284-436-3; p. 167
Next island upstream River Thames Next island downstream
Osney Island Rose Isle Fiddler's Elbow

Coordinates: 51°43′07″N 1°14′18″W / 51.7185°N 1.2383°W / 51.7185; -1.2383