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A vintage postcard of Shipton-Under-Wychwood

Stolen Skulls at Shipton-Under-Wychwood

St Mary the Virgin church, Shipton under Wychwood

A humorous local story from 1894 features drunken dares, practical jokes and stolen human remains!

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A map of Taston circa 1896

Thor Stone at Taston

Taston Road, Taston

This standing stone is said to be all that remains of a lightning bolt thrown to earth by the Norse God Thor!

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Fringford Mill

Corpse Lights at Fringford Mill

A4421, Fringford

Spooky lights around Fringford Mill have been blamed for causing mishaps and even deaths.

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Woodcut of fairies dancing in a ring

Fairies and Goblins at Adwell Cop

Adwell Cop, near Adwell, South Oxfordshire

Tales of fairies have long been associated with the long barrow that tops this South Oxfordshire hill.

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Saint Mary's Church, Bampton

Halloween Divination at Bampton Church

Church Lane, Bampton

If you wished to find out who was going to die in Bampton, you just needed to go to the church at midnight on 31 October!

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The Burford Dragon Ceremony (1980)

Dragon Ceremony at Burford

Burford

Every midsummer a dragon puppet is paraded through the streets of Burford in a ceremony that dates back over 1200 years.

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A Whitsun Morris Dance

Kirtlington Lamb Ale

Kirtlington

Fancy having your thumbs tied behind your back and chasing a live lamb? Then the annual Lamb Ale at Kirtlington is for you!

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Whitsun Ale at Woodstock illustration

Whitsun Ale at Woodstock

Woodstock

Chaotic scenes and drunken revelry were par for the course on this particularly boozy religious holiday.

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