Sheepwash Channel

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View of Sheepwash Channel, with the site of the old Rewley Road Swing Bridge in the foreground and the newer Sheepwash Channel Railway Bridge in the background.

Sheepwash Channel connects the River Thames to the west and the Castle Mill Stream next to the Oxford Canal to the east (linked through Isis Lock),[1] in west Oxford, England.[2] To the north are Cripley Meadow (largely allotments) and Fiddler's Island. To the south are Osney Island and the Botley Road.

The Cherwell Valley Line and Cotswold Line cross the channel just north of Oxford railway station on Sheepwash Channel Railway Bridge.[2] Just to the east, there is Rewley Road Swing Bridge,[1] a swing bridge for the former Buckinghamshire Railway line of London and North Western Railway, that used to serve the Oxford Rewley Road railway station, which was on the site of the Saïd Business School.[3][4] Rewley Road Bridge also crosses Sheepwash Channel.

The Isis Lock just to the north of the eastern end of Sheepwash Channel connects the Castle Mill Stream and the Oxford Canal,[1] allowing access between the Oxford Canal and the River Thames via the channel for boats. At the western end is a footbridge over Sheepwash Channel, forming part of the Thames Path.[5]



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  2. ^ a b "River Thames (Sheepwash Channel)". UK: CanalPlanAC. Retrieved 15 September 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Sheepwash Channel — Oxford Canal / River Thames". UK: Movable Bridges in the British Isles. Retrieved 15 September 2012. External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Rewley Road (LMS) Swing Bridge". Projects. UK: Oxford Preservation Trust. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2012. External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Thames Path 5 – Eynsham to Oxford at Thames Path National Trail". Official tourism guide to Oxfordshire, England. Visit Oxfordshire. Retrieved 7 November 2014. External link in |publisher= (help)

Coordinates: 51°45′20″N 1°16′15″W / 51.755586°N 1.270946°W / 51.755586; -1.270946