View of the floods of 2007. Note that Aston’s Eyot itself (in the bottom right quarter of the picture) is not flooded, due to the increased height of the land because of its use for many years as a rubbish dump.
Also very clear, to the west of Aston’s Eyot, is a large area of ‘ridge and furrow’, evidence of the medieaval system of strip farming – it’s amazing that such an ancient rural landscape it still apparent so close to the centre of Oxford.
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