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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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Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Protest Poster, 1897

Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Riots of 1897

Church Street, Charlbury

In 1897, riotous scenes in Charlbury made headlines nationwide as the small town found itself at the centre of the debate around compulsory smallpox vaccinations.

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A threshing machine

The Swing Riots in Oxfordshire

St. Helen's Church, Church Road, Benson

In November 1830, unrest over poor pay and conditions for England's rural population boiled over into rioting, arson and vandalism.

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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 Scholastica Day Riot

The St Scholastica Day Riot

Carfax, Oxford

In 1355 a drunken tavern brawl sparked a three-day clash between students and townsfolk that resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 people.

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Otmoor

Miraculous Oats of Otmoor

Otmoor, Oxford

The legend of how Otmoor got its name features a Lady Godiva-esque women, a horse and an astonishing sheaf of oats .

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