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The Swing Riots in Oxfordshire

St. Helen's Church, Church Road, Benson

In November 1830, unrest over poor pay and conditions for England's rural population boiled over into rioting, arson and vandalism.

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A Burned Body Found at Stadhampton

Stadhampton

What happened to Canadian student Thomas Patteson Moss remains a mystery to this day.

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Crowsley Park

The Hound of the Baskervilles in Oxfordshire?

Crowsley Park, Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire

Hell hounds, legends and a real-life Henry Baskerville link this Oxfordshire house to the famous Sherlock Holmes adventure.

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Towersey Church

The Headless Horseman of Towersey

St Catherine's Church, Church Lane, Towersey

The ghost of a headless Civil War cavalier can reportedly be seen riding between the place of his death and St Catherine's Church, Towersey.

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Dorchester Abbey

Saints, Snakes and Bones at Dorchester Abbey

Dorchester Abbey, High St, Dorchester

After St Birinus was killed by a snake bite, a local legend states that no snake can live within earshot of the bell at Dorchester Abbey.

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Sandford Lasher

Sandford Lasher: Oxfordshire's Most Deadly Water?

Sandford Lock, Sandford-on-Thames, Oxford

The weir known as Sandford Lasher has a terrible reputation for taking the lives of unwary swimmers, including the boy who inspired 'Peter Pan'.

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Highwayman

Highwaymen of Shotover

Old Road, Shotover Country Park

The old road through Shotover Forest was in the past notorious as a haunt of highwaymen looking to steal from unwary travellers.

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The Sandpit, Shotover Country Park

The Giant of Shotover Hill

Shotover Country Park, Shotover, Oxford

Was Shotover Hill once home to a hill carving fit to rival the Cerne Abbas giant?

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Watch Folly, Ipsden

Ghost of a Hanged Shepherd Boy

Watch Folly, near Ipsden

The hill known as Watch Folly is haunted by the ghost of a shepherd boy who was hanged from an oak tree by sheep stealers.

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