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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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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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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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St Andrews Church Headington

Cabbage Theft Ends in Tragedy at Headingon Church

St. Andrew's Church, St, Headington

A misunderstanding ended in tragedy in 1872, when the Parish Clerk of Headington was accused of stealing cabbages from a neighbour.

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Pentagram at Adderbury Church

A Pentagram at Adderbury Church

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1 Mill Ln, Adderbury

On the exterior wall at Adderbury church can be found a symbol that many would associate with the occult, paganism and witchcraft.

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Gargoyle at St. Mary's Church, Bloxham

The Devil at Bloxham, Adderbury and King's Sutton

St. Mary's Church, Church Street, Bloxham

The devil is said to have played a part in building the church spires in these three Oxfordshire villages.

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Towersey Church

The Headless Horseman of Towersey

St Catherine's Church, Church Lane, Towersey

The ghost of a headless Civil War cavalier can reportedly be seen riding between the place of his death and St Catherine's Church, Towersey.

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Dorchester Abbey

Saints, Snakes and Bones at Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey, High St, Dorchester

After St Birinus was killed by a snake bite, a local legend states that no snake can live within earshot of the bell at Dorchester Abbey.

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Ambrosden Church

The Devil at Ambrosden Church

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Church Walk, Ambrosden

Legend has it that the Devil himself sought to hamper the people of Ambrosden in their attempts to build a parish church.

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