A map of the Oxford Canal
The map displays a range of services available on the Oxford Canal. Simply click the box next to any service being displayed in the Map Key on the left of your screen.
A brief history of the Oxford Canal
|Canal length :||76.3 miles|
|Boat Length :||70ft|
|Height :||6ft 9ins|
|Width :||7ft ins|
The Oxford Canal took 20 years to build and finally opened on the 1st January 1790. For 15 years the canal was very profitable as it provided the main route between Birmingham and London
During the construction several design decisions were taken in order to keep down the costs. These were the use of deep locks with single gates instead of double and the use of swing bridges instead of more expensive brick ones. This made the canal more difficult to navigate and the consequences of these decisions are still being felt today.
The Oxford Canal Company and the Grand Junction Canal Company were bitter rivals. The building of a canal required an Act of Parliament and while this was being considered, the Oxford Canal Company successfully argued that the Grand Junction Company should pay "bar tolls" in order to compensate for the loss of traffic.
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