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Oxford Castle

Courtroom Curses at the Black Assize

Oxford Castle, New Road, Oxford

The 'Black Assize' was the name given to the assize courts held at Oxford in 1577, during which at least 300 people died of an unknown illness.

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Meeting House Lane

The Murder of Ann Merrick

Meeting House Lane, Witney

"I shall kill Ann Merrick tonight or tomorrow night. And there's another down the street I'd like to serve the same. My sister!"

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Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley being burned at the stake

The Burning of the Oxford Martyrs

Broad Street, Oxford

An iron cross marks the spot where three bishops were burned at the stake in 1555 and 1556 for refusing to convert to Catholicism.

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Blandy House

Mary Blandy's House

Blandy House, Hart Street, Henley-on-Thames

The murder Mary Blandy is perhaps Henley-on-Thames's most notorious former resident.

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Woodeaton

Murder of a Woodeaton Gamekeeper

Woodeaton, Oxfordshire

The body of Woodeaton gamekeeper Thomas Cooper was found face down in the mud in the early hours of 4 November 1835. He had been murdered.

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Woodcote

A Murder in Woodcote

Woodcote, Wallingford

On 7 May 1839 the widow Fanny Phillips was found murdered in her bed, her life savings of £300 stolen. And her murderer nearly got away with it!

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Wychwood Way

Murder in Wychwood Forest

Wychwood Forest, West Oxfordshire

"My neck is but very short now, perhaps it may be longer at midsummer!" - William James, who was hanged for the murder of gamekeeper James Millen in 1824.

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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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