"Jericho - the Oxford Canal" Jericho Tip by KennetRose

Jericho, Oxford: 2 reviews and 2 photos

  Narrowboats on the Oxford Canal, Jericho
by KennetRose

Behind the traditional and scholarly Oxford there has long been a quite different city, uncelebrated by the tourist guides. Oxford was an important canal port, where the Oxford Canal bringing goods from the great waterway systems of the Midlands met the Thames. The port lies behind the old artisans' quarter of Jericho, and the area still attracts water-borne folk in traditional narrowboats.

In Lyra's world, Jericho is a seasonal mooring for the gyptians - not Romany people and never spelt with an initial capital, but a breed of people who seem to speak a kind of Dutch/Italian hybrid dialect and who make their living by the waterways. Being outsiders, the gyptians are an obvious target for Lyra and her Oxford brat-pack who attack the boats and even attempt to hijack and sink one of the boats. The brats rally round, though, when one of the gyptian children goes missing, and it seems the gyptians know something about Lyra...

Directions: Walk up Hythe Bridge Street from the station to the bridge then follow the towpath

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 4, 2003
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