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The Home of Compassion, Catherine's Street, Oxford

Infant deaths at the 'Home of Compassion'

Catherine Street, Oxford

The 'Home of Compassion' was a Cowley-based foundling hospital, but with a shocking mortality rate.

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Wellington Bomber

Unexplained Air Crash at Bodicote

Bodicote, Banbury

In December 1942 a Wellington Bomber crashed near Bodicote, resulting in the death of six young airmen. What caused the crash has never been explained.

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Whitwell Church Lads Brigade mummers, 1914

A Theatrical Tragedy at the White Hart Inn

Bridge Street, Witney

In 1653 a performance at the White Hart Inn in Witney was the scene of a tragedy that cost the lives of 5 people and injured 60 others.

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A threshing machine

The Swing Riots in Oxfordshire

St. Helen's Church, Church Road, Benson

In November 1830, unrest over poor pay and conditions for England's rural population boiled over into rioting, arson and vandalism.

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University College, Oxford

Attempted Murder at University College

Master's Lodge, Logic Lane, Oxford

When Catherine Riordan's relationship with Junior Dean John Haines ended in 1890, Catherine swore 'By God, I will be a murderess.'

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Hay bales

A Burned Body Found at Stadhampton

Stadhampton

What happened to Canadian student Thomas Patteson Moss remains a mystery to this day.

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Somerville House, Oxford

Isaac Grubb and the 1867 Bread Riots

Somerville House, 130 Banbury Road, Oxford

Baker Isaac Grubb incurred the town's anger when it was revealed he was selling bread to the university on the cheap.

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St Andrews Church Headington

Cabbage Theft Ends in Tragedy at Headingon Church

St. Andrew's Church, St, Headington

A misunderstanding ended in tragedy in 1872, when the Parish Clerk of Headington was accused of stealing cabbages from a neighbour.

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