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Latest News

21/03/14 08:23pm
In April and May a series of exciting events will be taking place celebrating the industrial and cultural heritage of the Oxford Canal. Organised by the Heritage Lottery funded Oxford Canal Heritage...
28/03/13 09:58am
The Jericho Living Heritage Trust is seeking a part-time manager to lead a project which is ‘Celebrating the heritage of Oxford’s canal’. The post-holder will oversee implementation of a grant...
28/03/13 09:45am
Today, the Jericho Living Heritage Trust, working on behalf of the Oxford City Canal Partnership has received a £65,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project in Oxford....
30/03/12 10:34am
We have reached another key point in the campaign to acquire and develop the boatyard site for the community, and would like to bring everyone up to date. In the first stage of this project you...

Supporters' Comments

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Philip Pullman

'I bristle with indignation when this vivid and interesting part of the city is under siege. I lament the loss of every curious corner, I deplore the creeping invasion by the forces of Greedi-Build plc, I abominate the disappearance of old landmarks and familiar views … as with all places that we cherish for their value to us as human beings, we have to be ready to defend them against those who can understand only the value of money.'
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Colin Dexter

'When I wrote a novel about Jericho, I learned that potential plans had been afoot to "modernise" (i.e. vandalize) the whole area. Happily the wishes of the denizens, sanity, and aesthetic sensitivity prevailed; and I profoundly hope that they willl do so once more. The present hideous proposals should be dishonourably laid to rest in an appropriate recycling-box.'

Thom Yorke & Rachel Owen

'Oxford City Planning department must have the courage to withstand the approaches of relentless developers and their PR companies who have no considerations other than cash.'

Kevin Whately - Lewis in the 'Morse' & 'Lewis' Series

'If you are in any way connected with Jericho, you'll know what a special place it is. Even a small donation could make a real difference.'

Heathcote Williams

'A group of speculators have recently produced their plans for an aggregation of yellow, Stasi-like container-buildings which, were planning permission to be granted, would promise to crush the old canal-side yard together with its boating traditions and ruin the unencumbered views of St Barnabas.'
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Bill Bryson

'It is a beautiful city that has been treated with gross indifference and lamentable incompetence for far too long, and every living person in Oxford should feel a little bit ashamed.'
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Desmond Morris

'I would like to add my voice to the growing protest against the possible loss of the Jericho Boatyard [...] those responsible for destroying the boatyard, which is an important part of old Oxford, will be identified as vandals by future historians of the city.'

Last modified: 3 November, 2009