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St. Mary's Church, Cropredy

The Headless St. Fremund at Cropredy

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Cropredy

St. Mary's Church at Cropredy has a link to an 8th-century saint with a particularly macabre backstory.

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Meteor Shower

A Meteorite Falls to Earth at Launton

Launton, Bicester

In February 1830 a fireball was seen in the sky and explosions were heard as a meteorite fell to earth at Launton near Bicester.

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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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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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Banbury Cross and Horse Fair

A Statue to Dagon at Banbury?

Banbury Cross, A361, Banbury

In July 1600 the High Cross at Banbury was pulled down by Puritans, who considered the images thereon a form a pagan idolatry.

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Red Lion, Kidlington

Ghosts at the Red Lion

The Red Lion, Oxford Road, Kidlington

This Kidlington pub is reported to be haunted by the ghost of a woman who died in the fire that destroyed the pub's original building.

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Williamscot

A Murder at Williamscot

Williamscot, near Banbury

In January 1852 a young Italian immigrant told authorities in Banbury that robbers had killed his uncle. However, the truth was very different...

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Kirtlington Pond

The Ghost of Sir James Dashwood

Heyford Road, A4095, Kirtlington

Kirtlington village pond is said to house the troublesome ghost of unpopular 18th Century aristocrat Sir James Dashwood.

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Black Cat

The Beast of Otmoor

Upper Arncott, Oxfordshire

Sightings of big cats have been reported in the area of Otmoor for the last 30 years. Does the area have its own crypto-zoological mystery?

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