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Roger Bacon

The Brazen Head at Brasenose College

Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, Oxford

According to legend the name of Brasenose College comes from a speaking brass door knocker created by the medieval philosopher Roger Bacon.

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Divinity Road

A Murderous Student in Divinity Road

Divinity Road, East Oxford

"One moonshiny night, as I sat high, Waiting for one to come by, The boughs did bend, my heart did ache, To see what hole the fox did make."

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Black Cat

The Beast of Otmoor

Upper Arncott, Oxfordshire

Sightings of big cats have been reported in the area of Otmoor for the last 30 years. Does the area have its own crypto-zoological mystery?

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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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The Wilcote Tomb at St. Mary's Church, North Leigh

Tombs and Prophecies at North Leigh

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, North Leigh

Legends about St. Mary's Church at North Leigh include a love spell gone wrong, and the tomb of the hated Lord and Lady Wilcote that may carry a curse.

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Matthew Hopkins Witch Finder General

Foxes and Witches in Kirtlington

Kirtlington

The popular belief that witches could turn themselves into animals is at the centre of this legend about a local Kirtlington woman.

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St Margaret's Well, Binsey

St Margaret's Well at Binsey

Binsey

Every year thousands make a pilgrimage to this well to sample the water which is believed to have miraculous healing properties.

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View of the Rollright Stones by William Stukeley (1687 – 1765)

The Rollright Stones

Little Rollright, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Many legends surround the dramatic Rollright Stones at Long Compton, including witches, kings and stones that move of their own accord!

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