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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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John Clavell in Brasenose Lane, Oxford

John Clavell: Scholar, Poet, Highwayman

Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square

John Clavell became famous in the 1620s for the repentant poetry he wrote while in prison awaiting trial for highway robbery.

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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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Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Pantry Boy Murdered at Wycliffe Hall

Wycliffe Hall, Banbury Road, Oxford

In 1938 the University of Oxford was rocked by the murder of a sixteen-year-old pantry boy by a theological student at Wycliffe Hall.

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John Haydock

Richard Haydock, fraudulent sleeping preacher of New College

New College, Holywell Street, Oxford

Richard Haydock became famous for his apparent ability to preach sermons in his sleep, sermons that he claimed to have no memory of when waking.

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University College, Oxford

Attempted Murder at University College

Master's Lodge, Logic Lane, Oxford

When Catherine Riordan's relationship with Junior Dean John Haines ended in 1890, Catherine swore 'By God, I will be a murderess.'

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Gargoyles on the tower of University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Oxford

Jacob Barnet Flees his Own Baptism

University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, High Street, Oxford

In 1612 Jewish scholar Jacob Barnet was thrown into prison for fleeing Oxford on the day of his planned Baptism ceremony.

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Palmistry

Arrested for Palmistry at St John's College

St John's College, St. Giles, Oxford

In 1893 a woman was fined 10 shillings for practicing 'unlawful and subtle craft' in the gardens of St. John's College.

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Tom Quad at Christ Church

Bullingdon Club in 'Orgy of Destruction' at Christ Church

Christ Church College, St Aldates, Oxford

After a drunken dinner party, members of the exclusive Bullingdon Club smashed all 468 windows in the main quad at Christ Church College.

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