Waterways, Oxford

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Community litter-picking at Waterways - geograph.org.uk - 1740343.jpg
Community litter-picking at Waterways.
Waterways is located in Oxford
Waterways is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP502084
Civil parish
  • unparished
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOxford
Postcode districtOX2
Dialling code01865
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteWaterways World
List of places
51°46′19″N 1°16′23″W / 51.772°N 1.273°W / 51.772; -1.273Coordinates: 51°46′19″N 1°16′23″W / 51.772°N 1.273°W / 51.772; -1.273

The Waterways is housing estate in North Oxford, England. The Oxford Canal runs through the centre of the estate and it is bounded on the east by the Cherwell Valley railway line.[1][2] To the west beyond the railway line are Port Meadow and the River Thames. The estate begins in the south as a continuation of Frenchay Road, part of Victorian North Oxford, and as Elizabeth Jennings Way connects with the Woodstock Road (A4144) at the northern end of the estate.

South of the estate a Town Green area called The Trap Grounds is a delightfully muddy wetland full of wildlife. The wetland is fed by the watercourse that runs through the estate from the 'lake' that was originally one of the North Oxford clay pits.

The estate was built between 2000 and 2006, on the site of the British Motor Corporation's former Osberton Radiator Factory.[3] There is a Waterways Residents Association (WRA)[4] which represents everyone living on the estate, The Waterways Management Company (WMC) manages most of the public areas and leasehold properties on the Estate and represents the interests of the property owners.

The two main roads on the development cross the canal via modern, red brick bridges on Frenchay Road and Elizabeth Jennings Way. These bridges were painted with a series of murals in 2016 showing local history and wildlife and featuring drawings by local children.[5][6] The project was organised by local residents supported by The Canal and Riverside Trust (C&RT), Oxford City and County Councils, Thames Valley Police and the local boater community, with funding from Tesco 'Bags of Help'.[7]


  1. ^ "About the Waterways". www.thewaterways.co.uk. Oxford, UK: The Waterways. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  2. ^ The Waterways estate, Oxford, Wikimapia.
  3. ^ "The Morris Motor Works (Osberton) by Woodstock Road and the Oxford Canal, Oxford, 1930 | Britain from Above". Britain from Above. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  4. ^ "Waterways Residents Association (WRA)". www.thewaterways.co.uk. Oxford, UK: The Waterways. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Oxford Canal Mural Project". Oxford Canal Mural Project. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  6. ^ "Oxford bridge murals combat graffiti". BBC News. 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  7. ^ "Tesco Bags of Help projects". www.google.com. Retrieved 2017-03-21.