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Attempted Murder at University College

Master's Lodge, Logic Lane, Oxford

When Catherine Riordan's relationship with Junior Dean John Haines ended in 1890, Catherine swore 'By God, I will be a murderess.'

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Whitsun Ale at Woodstock illustration

Whitsun Ale at Woodstock

Woodstock

Chaotic scenes and drunken revelry were par for the course on this particularly boozy religious holiday.

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Old map of Church Handborough

The Ghost of Jane Scalpepper

The Old Rectory, Church Handborough

The Old Rectory at Church Handborough is haunted by the ghost of Jane Scalpepper, who met a bad end there in the mid 17th century.

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Hay bales

A Burned Body Found at Stadhampton

Stadhampton

What happened to Canadian student Thomas Patteson Moss remains a mystery to this day.

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Gargoyles on the tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford

Jacob Barnet Flees his Own Baptism

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford

In 1612 Jewish scholar Jacob Barnet was thrown into prison for fleeing Oxford on the day of his planned Baptism ceremony.

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Edward II

The Hanging of a Royal Pretender and his Cat

Beaumont Street, Oxford

In 1318 John Deydras made an extraordinary claim: he had been swapped with Edward II as a baby and was the true heir to the English throne!

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St Mary's Church, Witney

A Monkey at St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church, The Green, Witney

An escaped monkey during a fair inspired this unusual addition to the spire at St. Mary's Church, Witney.

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Sheela Na Gig at Oxford

Oxford's Sheela Na Gig

St Michael at the North Gate Church, Cornmarket Street, Oxford

This explicit stone carving is an unusual addition to one of Oxford's oldest churches.

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Clattercote Priory

The Leper Hospital at Clattercote Priory

Clattercote Priory Farm, Claydon, Banbury

The Gilbertine Order at Clattercote provided shelter and treatment for those suffering from leprosy.

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