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Osney, Osney Island, or Osney Town (IPA: /'??zn?/; an earlier spelling of the name is Oseney) is a riverside community in the west of the city of Oxford, located off the Botley Road, just west of the city's main railway station. It lies on an island surrounded by the River Thames, known in Oxford as the Isis. Osney is part of the city council ward of Jericho and Osney, and the Oxford West and Abingdon parliamentary constituency.

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[edit] Modern Osney

Modern Osney was laid out in 1851 by George P. Hester, who bought the land and set out the streets as they lie today in order to house railway workers. Most of Osney's two hundred-odd households live in nineteenth-century terraced cottages built on Hester's original grid, although there are a number of newer buildings on Bridge and West Streets, as well as a few significantly larger houses scattered throughout the island.

[edit] New Osney

Osney Abbey, once one of Oxford's most important institutions, was located on the opposite (eastern) bank of the Thames from the island, in the area known as New Osney. That area's ground landlord is still Christ Church, Oxford, the abbey's successor institution.

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Coordinates: 51.7515° N 1.2735° W


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