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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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Somerville House, Oxford

Isaac Grubb and the 1867 Bread Riots

Somerville House, 130 Banbury Road, Oxford

Baker Isaac Grubb incurred the town's anger when it was revealed he was selling bread to the university on the cheap.

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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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Donnington Bridge Road circa 1876

A Suicide Buried Near Donnington Bridge

Donnington Bridge Road

In 1803 the body of a perfidious harness maker was buried at the junction of Donnington Bridge Road and the Iffley Road.

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Wolvercote Map

Duck Prank Leads to Murder at Wolvercote

Wolvercote, Oxford

When accused of stealing a duck Thomas Beesley denied it, but 'He was proved a liar by the loud quacking coming from his coat pocket'!

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Magdalen Bridge and College, Oxford

The Black Diver of Magdalen Bridge

Magdalen Bridge, High Street, Oxford

Magdalen Bridge is said to be haunted by the ghost of a chimney sweep who was shot while celebrating the 1754 Oxfordshire election results.

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