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A map of Banbury circa 1900

Man assaults woman, claims to be bulldog

North Bar Street, Banbury

In 1873 Richard Eden assaulted Elizabeth Gunn in North Bar Street, Banbury. At his trial, he made some startling claims.

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Wheatley lock-up

The Wheatley village lock-up

Church Road, Wheatley

This unusual hexagonal building was built in 1834 to house criminals and drunks until they could be taken to the Oxford magistrate.

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St. Mary's Church, Upper Heyford

Gun Tragedy at Upper Heyford Church

St. Mary's Church, Church Walk, Upper Heyford

In 1885, Frederick Charles Walton was found shot in the head near the church shortly after Sunday service. Murder or accident?

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An old postcard of Wantage Market Place

The Decapitation of Ann Pullen

The White Hart Inn, Grove Street, Wantage

During the Wantage Fair of 1833, the body of the landlady of the White Hart Inn was found, her head severed by a single blow.

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The Swan Inn, Rose Island, River Thames

Drowned Man Causes Oxfordshire/Berkshire Dispute

River Thames near Kennington

When Charles Andrews drowned in the Thames near Kennington it sparked an inter-county argument over who was responsible for his body.

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The Randolph Hotel and Lord Randolph Churchill

A Lordly Assault at the Randolph Hotel

Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, Oxford

In March 1870, Lord Randolph Churchill was arrested for an alleged drunken assault on a police constable outside the Randolph Hotel.

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Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Pantry Boy Murdered at Wycliffe Hall

Wycliffe Hall, Banbury Road, Oxford

In 1938 the University of Oxford was rocked by the murder of a sixteen-year-old pantry boy by a theological student at Wycliffe Hall.

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Hinksey pools diving board 1936

Deaths at the opening of Oxford's first public bath

Corner of Castle Street and New Road, Oxford

Joy turned to horror in June 1852 when two were killed in an explosion at the opening of the Oxford City Bath and Washhouse.

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