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The St. Thomas area of Oxford, circa 1947

A religious cult is hounded out of Oxford

St. Thomas Street, Oxford

In 1825, many men in Oxford fell under the spell of a fanatical evangelist whose preaching urged them to leave their wives.

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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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Eynsham Railway Station, 1959

The Eynsham Railway Station Robbery of 1927

Old Station Way, Eynsham

In December 1927 an attempt to steal the safe from Eynsham Railway Station resulted in a harrowing ordeal for station porter Frederick Castle.

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Oxford Railway Station circa 1969

The Oxford Rail Disaster of 1853

Oxford Railway Station, Rewley Road

On the 8th January 1853, a series of misunderstandings led to one of the most deadly rail disasters in Oxford's history.

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Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Protest Poster, 1897

Charlbury Anti-Vaccination Riots of 1897

Church Street, Charlbury

In 1897, riotous scenes in Charlbury made headlines nationwide as the small town found itself at the centre of the debate around compulsory smallpox vaccinations.

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The River Evenlode

Beating the Bounds Tragedy at Charlbury

River Evenlode, Charlbury

A quaint custom ended in disaster in 1924 when a capsized boat on the River Evenlode resulted in the drowning of three children.

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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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