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Devil's Quoits

The Devil's Quoits at Stanton Harcourt

12 March 2021

Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire

The Neolithic henge and stone circle at Stanton Harcourt is said to be the result of a wager between the Devil and a beggar.

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A wild boar

Christmas Traditions at Queen's College

11 March 2021

Queen's College, High Street, Oxford

A near miss with a wild boar inspired an unusual culinary tradition at Queen's College, Oxford

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Roger Bacon

The Brazen Head at Brasenose College, Oxford

10 March 2021

Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, Oxford

According to legend the name of Brasenose College comes from a speaking brass door knocker created by the medieval philosopher Roger Bacon.

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Divinity Road

A Murderous Student in Divinity Road

10 March 2021

Divinity Road, East Oxford

"One moonshiny night, as I sat high, Waiting for one to come by, The boughs did bend, my heart did ache, To see what hole the fox did make."

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Black Cat

The Beast of Otmoor

10 March 2021

Upper Arncott, Oxfordshire

Sightings of big cats have been reported in the area of Otmoor for the last 30 years. Does the area have its own crypto-zoological mystery?

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Otmoor

Miraculous Oats of Otmoor

10 March 2021

Otmoor, Oxford

The legend of how Otmoor got its name features a Lady Godiva-esque women, a horse and an astonishing sheaf of oats .

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The Wilcote Tomb at St. Mary's Church, North Leigh

Tombs and Prophecies at North Leigh

8 March 2021

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, North Leigh

Legends about St. Mary's Church at North Leigh include a love spell gone wrong, and the tomb of the hated Lord and Lady Wilcote that may carry a curse.

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Matthew Hopkins Witch Finder General

Foxes and Witches in Kirtlington

8 March 2021

Kirtlington

The popular belief that witches could turn themselves into animals is at the centre of this legend about a local Kirtlington woman.

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Fulbrook

The Despicable Dunsdons of Fulbrook

3 March 2021

Fulbrook, Burford

The Dunsdon brothers were once the most feared criminals in all of Wychwood, but they met their end due to a bungled burglary that resulted in a severed arm!

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Great Tew Manor House

The Terrible Tanfields at Great Tew

3 March 2021

Great Tew House, Great Tew

The 17th century aristocrats Lord and Lady Tanfield were despised by the people of Burford during their lifetimes, but are also said to haunt their old home in Great Tew.

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