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Haunted Lord William's School, Thame

9 April 2023

Lord William's School, Oxford Road, Thame

Thame's oldest school is said to be haunted by the ghost of a school Matron who was murdered by another staff member in the 19th century.

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Filkins village lock-up

Village Lock-up at Filkins

27 March 2023

4 Burford Rd, Filkins, Lechlade

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A man rejecting the devil in the form of a serpent

The Devil at Barnard Gate

27 March 2023

Barnard Gate, Eynsham

The Devil in the form of a fiery serpent is said to have ensnared a man on his way to Barnard Gate.

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Map of Gallowstree Common circa 1897

Lost Gibbet at Gallowstree Common

13 March 2023

Gallowstree Common, South Oxfordshire

The name of this village in South Oxfordshire is a reminder of its history as a place where executed criminals were gibbeted.

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A map showing the junction between the Botley turnpike and Binsey Lane where Betsy was killed

Brutal murder of a match girl

9 March 2023

Botley Road/Binsey Lane, Oxford

The murder of Betsy Richards in 1871 was described by Oxford Coroner William Brunner as the worst crime he had seen in his 28 year career.

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A map showing purgatory, circa 1919

A Farm called Purgatory

17 February 2023

Purgatory, Steeple Barton

An unusual name jumps out at you while browsing maps of the River Dorn between Steeple Barton and Wootton: Purgatory. What is this hellish-sounding place, and how did it get its name?

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Culham station

Infanticide at Culham Station

17 February 2023

Culham Station, Abingdon Rd, Culham

In 1873, Culham stationmaster William Bradshaw made a grisly discovery in the station toilets that saw passenger Jane Haines on trial for infanticide.

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Chequers Inn, Oxford

Ghosts, Giants and Beasts of the Chequers Inn, Oxford

17 February 2023

The Chequers, 131 High Street, Oxford

The Chequers dates back over eight centuries and boasts a strange history, including strange animals, giants, secret tunnels and ghostly monks!

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Caudwell's Castle

Shot students at Caudwell's Castle

14 February 2023

5 Folly Bridge, Abingdon Road

Just two years after it was built, the owner of Caudwell's Castle was on trial for shooting a student who had been tampering with his ornamental cannons!

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Sturdy's Castle Public House

The Battle of Mr Sturdy and Mr Castle

10 February 2023

Sturdy's Castle, Banbury Road, Tackley

Sturdy's Castle is a pub with a curious name, and an even more curious legend that inspired it.

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