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Sheela Na Gig at Oxford

Oxford's Sheela Na Gig

St Michael at the North Gate Church, Cornmarket Street, Oxford

This explicit stone carving is an unusual addition to one of Oxford's oldest churches.

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Iffley Lock

Corpse Trouble at Iffley Lock Toll

Iffley Lock, Church Way, Iffley

A superstition about corpses passing through toll gates has caused trouble for the operators of Iffley Lock toll on a number of occasions.

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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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Donnington Bridge Road circa 1876

A Suicide Buried Near Donnington Bridge

Donnington Bridge Road

In 1803 the body of a perfidious harness maker was buried at the junction of Donnington Bridge Road and the Iffley Road.

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Palmistry

Arrested for Palmistry at St John's College

St John's College, St. Giles, Oxford

In 1893 a woman was fined 10 shillings for practicing 'unlawful and subtle craft' in the gardens of St. John's College.

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The Trout Inn, Godstow

Fair Rosamund's Ghost at the Trout Inn

The Trout Inn, Godstow Road, Wolvercote

The ghost of 'Fair Rosamund' Clifford, mistress to Henry II, is said to haunt the scene of their secret trysts at the Trout Inn at Godstow.

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Tom Quad at Christ Church

Bullingdon Club in 'Orgy of Destruction' at Christ Church

Christ Church College, St Aldates, Oxford

After a drunken dinner party, members of the exclusive Bullingdon Club smashed all 468 windows in the main quad at Christ Church College.

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Wolvercote Map

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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