Dredging = No more Bottom Ice?
And the dates?
And the historic references to Binsey/Thornbury which go back to pagan times or close thereto.
All at the same Thames river height for the last 2000 years or so!
“Excuse my ignorance,” a visitor said one day to the jolly landlord and his wife at the Perch,”but what are the Binsey treacle mines? ” And the roar of laughter that went up was Titanic. By no less a title does local humour christen the mud holes that winter rains and floods leave in the neighbouring roads and footpaths. They say, too, that the inhabitants of the little place, so idyllic in summer, will reply, if asked where they live: “At Binsey! where do you suppose? ” when the sunny days are with them. But in winter the groan goes up at the same question “At Binsey, Lord help us! ”
“You are warned against “trespassing” beyond the church; but the old road from Oxford to Eynsham formerly continued along here, long since closed. It passed through Seckworth; and the remains of the ancient bridge by which it crossed the County Stream are still to be seen in the clear water.”
“At a spot a quarter of a mile above Medley weir is a once important crossing of the River known as Binsey ford; a few yards above the causeway across Binsey Green. Hearne says this was the old ford from which Oxford has its name; but several other spots claim the honour; one by Folly Bridge, one over the old navigation, and others. All these last have fallen into disuse, but the Binsey ford is still clear to see, with its hard gravel foothold. It was in active use, indeed, within living memory, for the horses at grass on Port Meadow used to become so wild that they had to be headed across this ford on to Binsey Green, where they could more easily be caught. “Where islands have formed on the meadow side there was formerly a foot or more of water,” says Mr. Taunt but on account of the dredging “near half the broad stream in the summer is entirely dry; and Black Jack’s, once a willowy island, is now part of the meadow.”
“A bridge you can see from Port Meadow in the same direction is over one of the side streams already spoken of; two others of which are the Reach and the Dunge. The first of them to leave the River is the Wytham Stream, up above King’s weir; and it also rejoins last of all, just below Sandford lock. Wood calls this bridge Toll Bridge, and says a yearly fair was held there. ”
“Meanwhile Algar, raging in his disappointment against the townspeople, was himself blinded, but healed, as his men had been, by the forgiving prayers of the saint. This blinding left so deep an impression that until Henry III it is said no monarch dared to enter her church. ”
“the quiet little hamlet of Woolvercot; the only living creatures visible being some white geese on the green,” wrote William Black of it as he knew it. It was here, according to Holinshed, that King Memphric, who about a thousand years before Christ originally founded Oxford, calling it Caer Memphric, was seized and devoured by wolves in a solitary dingle; hence the name.”
Myth 2: She and Henry went drinking at the Trout. Or the Perch. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2014/09/eight-myths-fair-rosamund/#sthash.dUEiGTNS.dpuf
“Thornbury, Binsey: A Probable Defensive Enclosure associated with Saint Frideswide ”
“She’s a persuasive woman Alison Cobb. With an old map of Oxford covering her kitchen table, it took her all of three-and-a-half minutes to convince me that we were looking upon the answer to Oxford’s flooding problems.”
“Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way for Oxfordshire Relevant Date: 21 February 2006”
“ST MARGARET of AnTioch, BinSEY”