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The St. Thomas area of Oxford, circa 1947

A religious cult is hounded out of Oxford

St. Thomas Street, Oxford

In 1825, many men in Oxford fell under the spell of a fanatical evangelist whose preaching urged them to leave their wives.

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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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Oxford Railway Station circa 1969

The Oxford Rail Disaster of 1853

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 to The Plain

A roundabout above a graveyard

The Plain, St. Clement's, Oxford

Travellers across the Plain may not be aware that they are crossing the site of a disused graveyard.

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Grove Street, Oxford

Magpie Lane or Grope Lane?

Magpie Lane, Oxford

This Oxford street once went by a considerably cruder name than it does today!

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Hinksey pools diving board 1936

Deaths at the opening of Oxford's first public bath

Corner of Castle Street and New Road, Oxford

Joy turned to horror in June 1852 when two were killed in an explosion at the opening of the Oxford City Bath and Washhouse.

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The Home of Compassion, Catherine's Street, Oxford

Infant deaths at the 'Home of Compassion'

Catherine Street, Oxford

The 'Home of Compassion' was a Cowley-based foundling hospital, but with a shocking mortality rate.

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Littlemore Lunatic Asylum

Littlemore Lunatic Asylum

Sandford Road, Littlemore

In 1884 a misunderstanding between staff at Littlemore Asylum saw a confused visitor being stripped, bathed and confined to bed as a patient.

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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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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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