The Fray's 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 over the river on an aqueduct.
The Fray's River rejoins the River Colne at West Drayton.
History and mills
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.
The river goes through two Sites of Special Scientific Interest managed by London Wildlife Trust, Frays Farm Meadows and Denham Lock Wood.
George Orwell once taught at Frays College, which was on the banks of the Frays River and was named after it.
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- London Borough of Hillingdon - River Frays
- West Drayton: Mills, A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington (1962), pp. 196. Date accessed: 26 October 2008
- Mayor of London - London Wild Web
- London Wildlife Trust, Frays Island & Mabey's Meadow
- Peter Stansky and William Abrahams The Unknown George Orwell