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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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The Hoar Stone, Enstone

The Hoar Stone at Enstone

B4022, Enstone

This Neolithic monument stands at the intersection of two lay lines. The largest stone is believed to walk to the pub on Midsummer's eve for a drink.

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Hawk Stone at Dean

The Hawk Stone at Dean

Dean, near Spelsbury

It is believed that the cleft at the top of this standing stone was made by the chains of the witches who were chained to the stone to be burned.

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Saint Mary the Virgin, Chipping Norton

Ghost of a Hanged Vicar at Chipping Norton

St Mary's Church, Church Street, Chipping Norton

Vicar Henry Joyes was hanged in chains from Chipping Norton church tower for his part in the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Rising of 1549.

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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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Enstone

Poltergeists of the Hall family

Enstone, Oxfordshire

Supernatural events hounded blacksmith Thomas Hall and his wife Ann, including the sound of a cock loudly crowing, smashing crockery and gunshots.

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Wilcote House, Wilcote

A Wilcote Haunting

Wilcote, North Leigh, West Oxfordshire

The ghosts of the wicked Lord and Lady Wilcote are said to haunt the church and surrounding lanes around Wilcote.

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Devil's Quoits

The Devil's Quoits

Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire

The Neolithic henge and stone circle at Stanton Harcourt is said to be the result of a wager between the Devil and a beggar.

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The Wilcote Tomb at St. Mary's Church, North Leigh

Tombs and Prophecies at North Leigh

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, North Leigh

Legends about St. Mary's Church at North Leigh include a love spell gone wrong, and the tomb of the hated Lord and Lady Wilcote that may carry a curse.

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