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Merton Street Oxford

Door knocker-stealing craze of the 1830s

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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Merton College, viewed across Merton Field.

Tolkien's Ghost at Merton College

Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford

J.R.R. Tolkien's ghost is said to walk the quads and corridors of Merton College, leaving behind it a distinctive whiff of pipe smoke!

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The Randolph Hotel and Lord Randolph Churchill

A Lordly Assault at the Randolph Hotel

Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford

In March 1870, Lord Randolph Churchill was arrested for an alleged drunken assault on a police constable outside the Randolph Hotel.

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Dead Man's Walk, Oxford

Civil War Ghosts in Dead Man's Walk

Dead Man's walk, Merton College, Oxford

Royalist Francis Windebank was executed by firing squad outside Oxford Town Hall in 1645. His ghost can be seen walking the nearby path known as Dead Man's Walk.

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