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Frays River

Frays River is a river in England that branches off the River Colne at Uxbridge Moor and rejoins it at West Drayton.

The Frays River leaves the River Colne between Uxbridge and Denham, Buckinghamshire at Denham Weir. It passes Cowley and Yiewsley where it is joined by the River Pinn. It is also crossed by the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal which is carried on an aqueduct. It rejoins the River Colne at West Drayton. Little Britain is a lake situated between the Frays River and the River Colne.

The Frays River is believed to be a man-made diversion of waters from the River Colne to feed watermills around Uxbridge. The name is originates from John Fray who owned Cowley Hall beside the river in the fifteenth century. Other names for the river are the Uxbridge and Cowley Mill Stream, the Cowley Stream or the Colham Mill Stream. In the 17th century the river powered five mills.[1] Drayton Mill at West Drayton was mentioned in Domesday Book and was used for flour milling, paper-making and the manufacture of millboard. It ceased operation in about 1923.[2]

Frays River in Uxbridge and Cowley has a good variety of wetland plants and waterfowl, and it is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, Borough Grade I.[3] Frays Island between the Frays and the River Colne is a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation managed by the London Wildlife Trust,[4] and the river goes through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest also managed by London Wildlife Trust, Frays Farm Meadows and Denham Lock Wood.

A literary connection is that George Orwell once taught at Frays College, which was on the banks of the Frays River and was named after it.[5]

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External links

  • Grand Union Canal aqueduct over Frays River

Coordinates: 51°30′55″N 0°28′54″W / 51.51528°N 0.48167°W / 51.51528; -0.48167

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