The History and Plant Ecology of Hinksey Meadow

T. J. King

The Oxfordshire Flora Group has counted fritillary plants (Fritillaria meleagris ) on Hinksey Meadow (13 ha), owned and managed by the Oxford Preservation Trust, since 2003. A survey of the rest of the vegetation confirms that this is an historic flood meadow with 7 ha of a species-rich and diverse MG4a plant community. This makes an important contribution to the total area of this community in the UK. The baseline data in this paper will allow changes to the management or disturbance, such as the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, to be closely monitored.

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Famous artworks that depict Oxford from the Hinkseys

J.M.W. Turner’s painting of Oxford from the Hinkseys

William Turner settled in Oxford in 1811, and lived in St John Street. “His subjects were mostly rural scenes,” writes Diane Swayne in The History of North Hinksey (1973),“ and several times he painted the view of Oxford from the hill behind the village, and also made many sketches of the district around.”

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Other famous artworks of Oxford from Ferry Hinksey


Photographs of blocked ditches

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