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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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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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Pentagram at Adderbury Church

A Pentagram at Adderbury Church

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1 Mill Ln, Adderbury

On the exterior wall at Adderbury church can be found a symbol that many would associate with the occult, paganism and witchcraft.

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Crowsley Park

The Hound of the Baskervilles in Oxfordshire?

Crowsley Park, Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire

Hell hounds, legends and a real-life Henry Baskerville link this Oxfordshire house to the famous Sherlock Holmes adventure.

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