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Lower Radley


The area from the railway bridge to the River Thames is known as Lower Radley. Many of the older houses in the village are found here. Lower Radley forms a circular loop of scattered houses. Some of the houses are thatched with half-timbered walls.

As you walk round the loop, you pass the village green and the way down to Radley College Boathouse and the River Thames.  

Large amounts of gravel have been removed from Lower Radley. Most of the larger pits have been filled with pulverised fuel ash (PFA) from Didcot Power Station. Other pits have been filled with water. A long campaign by Save Radley Lakes helped to stop two more lakes (Thrupp Lake and Bullfield Lake) being filled with PFA. The area including Thrupp Lake is now managed by the Earth Trust and is being developed as a nature reserve.

Map of Radley's lakes and gravel pits

Photos of the lakes (photographs by Basil Crowley)

Peacock Cottage, Lower Radley
Peacock Cottage, Lower Radley
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