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Images from a Boars Hill walk

August 26th, 2007 (10:30 pm)
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Excellent walk yesterday up Boars Hill. Although just to the south west of the Oxford conurbation, I've never explored it before. Some pictures can be found here. A couple of previews:

Warehouse at Osney Lock


A sphinx at South Hinksey

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Posted by: Osymandias (osymandias)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)

I saw a cat that looked rather like that; where was it exactly?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Zen

It was certainly in South Hinksey village; I think the name of the street was Manor Road.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)

I've never been down there either - perhaps I'll take my parents down there when they come to pick up stuff at the weekend.

Nice pictures, anyhow, looks like it was a fun walk. I especially like the sphinx. (I feel mildly sad that no-one's commented on my mediaeval pictures, but perhaps there's nothing sensible to be said.....)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 10:31 pm (UTC)
Arthurian Logo

I think we're all just in awe of your mediaeval pictures! I was very aware when active in SocA that I was only dabbling, and never put in the time to learn to dance properly, for example, or make costume. I probably have a picture of myself in my trusty folded linen bedsheet somewhere...

It's very much worth the walk - the oddly post-industrial fringe between Osney and the Ring Road has an air of apocalyptic mystery, and Boars Hill itself is full of surprises linked to Oxford history; there's a scouting centre there, as you probably know, founded by the archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans according to his ODNB entry, and he also founded a garden there, for the Oxford Preservation Trust. There is also a Matthew Arnold Field, amidst the surprisingly large houses and the Carmelite Priory. We ate at The Fox in Foxcombe; the food wasn't bad but it was a bit overpriced, but that's probably to be expected from a chain pub in a prosperous area.

Posted by: Virgers! How are we doing with those explosives? (tree_and_leaf)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 11:18 pm (UTC)

Oh, my costumes very much at the amatuer end of things too (and was mostly made by someone else). But it looks reasonably good from a distance!

I knew about the Scout Centre (I once did a first aid course there), but I had no idea of the Arthur Evans connection. Fascinating! Otherwise I know nothing at all of the place. Seems to be rather interesting! Do you know if the garden is still there/ open?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 26th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)

The garden is still there and, I think, can just be rambled through if the gate is open. He was also responsible for the Jarn Mound at the summit of Boars Hill. His house, Youlbury, was there too, but I only found this out when reading up later.

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 09:27 am (UTC)

We used to be great fans of the Fox, perhaps its changed hands? :/

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)

I don't know - perhaps I'm just rehearsing prejudice against chain pubs. It was certainly in an attractive location, and we liked the pub sign showing a wary fox meeting a squirrel rampant - a grey one, sadly, rather than a red...

Posted by: Disparate Housewife (wryelle)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)

Perhaps it wasn't a chain at the time - I don't remember it being. Or I'm thinking of a different Fox!

Posted by: ms_rebecca_riot (ms_rebecca_riot)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
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loving the sphinx!

i love old buildings...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 27th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)

The cat was so still it really did look as if it was part of the brickwork at first!