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The Burford Dragon Ceremony (1980)

Dragon Ceremony at Burford

Burford

Every midsummer a dragon puppet is paraded through the streets of Burford in a ceremony that dates back over 1200 years.

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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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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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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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Bampton, Oxfordshire

The Story of Moonraker Lane

Moonraker Lane, Bampton

The curiously named Moonraker Lane harks back to a running joke from the past about mistaking the moon's reflection for a cheese!

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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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The Sandpit, Shotover Country Park

The Giant of Shotover Hill

Shotover Country Park, Shotover, Oxford

Was Shotover Hill once home to a hill carving fit to rival the Cerne Abbas giant?

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Ashbury, Oxfordshire

A Forgotten Stone Circle at Ashbury

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ashbury

It is believed that the village of Ashbury was built on the site of an ancient stone circle, as is evidenced by the sarsen stones scattered around the village.

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Symon Wysdom's House, Burford

Wife Selling and Rough Music in Burford

Symon Wysdom's House, 1 High Street, Burford

A Burford man who attempted to 'sell' his wife at Chipping Norton market in 1855 got more than he bargained for!

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The Iron Well at Cornbury Park

Spanish Liquor Day in Wychwood Forest

Cornbury Park, Charlbury

On Palm Sunday it is traditional for villagers to walk into Wychwood forest to collect spring water to mix with liquorice to make 'Spanish Water'.

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