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Oxford Railway Station circa 1969

The Oxford Rail Disaster of 1853

Oxford Railway Station, Rewley Road

On the 8th January 1853, a series of misunderstandings led to one of the most deadly rail disasters in Oxford's history.

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John Clavell in Brasenose Lane, Oxford

John Clavell: Scholar, Poet, Highwayman

Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square

John Clavell became famous in the 1620s for the repentant poetry he wrote while in prison awaiting trial for highway robbery.

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A map to The Plain

A roundabout above a graveyard

The Plain, St. Clement's, Oxford

Travellers across the Plain may not be aware that they are crossing the site of a disused graveyard.

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Grove Street, Oxford

Magpie Lane or Grope Lane?

Magpie Lane, Oxford

This Oxford street once went by a considerably cruder name than it does today!

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Merton College, viewed across Merton Field.

Tolkien's Ghost at Merton College

Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford

J.R.R. Tolkien's ghost is said to walk the quads and corridors of Merton College, leaving behind it a distinctive whiff of pipe smoke!

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The Eagle and Child, St. Giles, Oxford

Ghosts and Inklings at the Eagle and Child

St. Giles' Street, Oxford

The Eagle and Child pub was once home to a famous literary group, but its cellars are said to be home to more sinister visitors.

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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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John Haydock

Richard Haydock, fraudulent sleeping preacher of New College

New College, Holywell Street, Oxford

Richard Haydock became famous for his apparent ability to preach sermons in his sleep, sermons that he claimed to have no memory of when waking.

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