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Merton Street Oxford

Door knocker-stealing craze of the 1830s

29 March 2022

Merton Street, Oxford

In the 1830s, university authorities were locked in an ongoing battle of wits with students intent on stealing college door knockers!

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A map of Yarnton, circa 1911

Christabel's Ghost at Yarnton

23 February 2022

College Mead, Little Blenheim, Yarnton

This area of Yarnton is said to be haunted by the ghost of Christabel, a young woman who took her own life after discovering her lover has been unfaithful.

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Eynsham Railway Station, 1959

The Eynsham Railway Station Robbery of 1927

13 February 2022

Old Station Way, Eynsham

In December 1927 an attempt to steal the safe from Eynsham Railway Station resulted in a harrowing ordeal for station porter Frederick Castle.

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A vintage postcard of Shipton-Under-Wychwood

Stolen Skulls at Shipton-Under-Wychwood

1 February 2022

St Mary the Virgin church, Shipton under Wychwood

A humorous local story from 1894 features drunken dares, practical jokes and stolen human remains!

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North Leigh Roman Villa

Ghosts at North Leigh Roman Villa

24 January 2022

East End, North Leigh

The Roman villa at North Leigh was one of the largest in England. But do more supernatural relics of the past linger on here as well?

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Oxford Railway Station circa 1969

The Oxford Rail Disaster of 1853

20 January 2022

Oxford Railway Station, Rewley Road

On the 8th January 1853, a series of misunderstandings led to one of the most deadly rail disasters in Oxford's history.

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A map of Baldon House, 1897

A Haunted Bridge at Baldon House

13 January 2022

Baldon House, Marsh Baldon

The lake at Baldon House is said to be haunted by the ghosts of a family who drowned there in the late nineteenth century.

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Woodcut of Witches

James Jagger, Magical Cunning Man of Bicester

10 January 2022

Priory Road, Bicester

Eighteenth-century cunning man James Jagger was famed in Bicester for his ability to magically find lost objects and detect thieves.

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Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Protest Poster, 1897

Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Riots of 1897

6 January 2022

Church Street, Charlbury

In 1897, riots in Charlbury made national headlines as the small town found itself at the centre of the debate around compulsory smallpox vaccinations.

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St. Mary's Church, Thame

The Grey Lady of St. Mary's Church, Thame

5 January 2022

St. Mary's Church, Church Road, Thame

The ghost of a lady in grey has been reported since the 1880s, often brushing past unsuspecting visitors on the belfry stairs!

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