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Duck Prank Leads to Murder at Wolvercote

Wolvercote, Oxford

When accused of stealing a duck Thomas Beesley denied it, but 'He was proved a liar by the loud quacking coming from his coat pocket'!

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George Cruikshank's engraving of The Gin Shop (1829)

Death by Gin at Brize Norton

Brize Norton, West Oxfordshire

In 1858 five people became sick and two died after drinking from the same bottle of gin. Was a poisoner at large in Brize Norton?

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Mapledurham House

Ghosts of Mapledurham House

Mapledurham House, Mapledurham, Reading

The ghost of a former owner can reportedly be seen pulling across the floor the body of a servant who he murdered in a fit of anger.

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St Michael's Church, Stanton Harcourt

Adultery, Murder and Hauntings at Stanton Harcourt

Main Road, Stanton Harcourt

The Lady Pool at Stanton Harcourt is believed to house two restless spirits, both of whom met their deaths in connection to adultery.

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Wolf

Escaped Wolves on the Loose at Kidlington

Oxford Road, Kidlington

In 1936 three Russian wolves escaped from the Oxford Zoo at Kidlington and terrorised livestock for three days before being shot.

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St Scholastica Day Riot

The St Scholastica Day Riot

Carfax, Oxford

In 1355 a drunken tavern brawl sparked a three-day clash between students and townsfolk that resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 people.

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Shipton-on-Cherwell rail disaster

A Christmas Eve Railway Disaster

Shipton-onCherwell, Kidlington

On Christmas Eve 1874 a passenger train derailed in snowy conditions at Shipton-on-Cherwell, resulting in 34 deaths and 69 serious injuries.

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Headington Hill

A Murderous Vacuum Cleaner Salesman

Headington Road, Oxford

In 1931 Mrs Kempson was found murdered in her home. On her mantlepiece was the business card of travelling vacuum salesman Henry Seymour.

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