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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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Gargoyle at St. Mary's Church, Bloxham

The Devil at Bloxham, Adderbury and King's Sutton

St. Mary's Church, Church Street, Bloxham

The devil is said to have played a part in building the church spires in these three Oxfordshire villages.

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Bampton, Oxfordshire

The Story of Moonraker Lane

Moonraker Lane, Bampton

The curiously named Moonraker Lane harks back to a running joke from the past about mistaking the moon's reflection for a cheese!

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The Hoar Stone at Steeple Barton

Hoar Stones and Burial Mounds at Barton Park

Barton Park, A4260

In the grounds of Barton Park can be found the remains of a long barrow marked by a group of stones. Move these stones at your peril!

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Dorchester Abbey

Saints, Snakes and Bones at Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey, High St, Dorchester

After St Birinus was killed by a snake bite, a local legend states that no snake can live within earshot of the bell at Dorchester Abbey.

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A turf maze

Troy Maze at Somerton

Troy Farm, Somerton

The Troy Maze at Somerton is a rare example of a genuine post-medieval turf maze in England.

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The Sandpit, Shotover Country Park

The Giant of Shotover Hill

Shotover Country Park, Shotover, Oxford

Was Shotover Hill once home to a hill carving fit to rival the Cerne Abbas giant?

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Ashbury, Oxfordshire

A Forgotten Stone Circle at Ashbury

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ashbury

It is believed that the village of Ashbury was built on the site of an ancient stone circle, as is evidenced by the sarsen stones scattered around the village.

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