All the strangest, spookiest, grizzliest and most fascinating things about Oxfordshire, summarised in that most digestible of formats, the humble list.
The Devil has been extremely busy in Oxfordshire over the years. From building stone circles to tampering with churches, waylaying lonely travellers and even getting people hanged for treason! Here are 7 times the Devil got up to mischief in Oxfordshire, according to folklore.
It's easy to see why our ancestors feared a thunderstorm. Why did lightning strike one person but not another? Without short or long range weather forecasts, the violence and destruction caused by a sudden thunderstorm could seem like an act of judgement. Here are seven times that the terrible powers of nature ended lives in Oxfordshire. Stay safe out there people...
Well, well, well, what have we here? In the days before we could go to our local GP for a prescription, the healing properties of natural water were depended on as a cure-all for many maladys, and in Oxfordshire, you were never far from a well with the ability to treat what ailed you. Here are seven of the top healing wells and holy springs in Oxfordshire.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, travelling on Oxfordshire's roads could be a hazardous undertaking. With no formal force to police the county's roads, travellers were fair game for highway robbers who lay in wait in isolated spots, poised and ready to relieve passers-by of their valuables. Here are 7 tales of notorious highwaymen who struck fear into the hearts of Oxfordshire travellers.
The English Civil War casts a long shadow across Oxfordshire. With Oxford claimed as a Royalist stronghold, the conflict divided communities and even families across the county. With so much blood being spilled on Oxfordshire soil, it's unsurprising that so many tales of ghosts and hauntings from across the county are associated with the Civil War. Here are seven of my favourites.
The standing stones and ancient monoliths that dot the British Isles are some of the most enigmatic and awe-inspiring reminders we have of our ancient past, and Oxfordshire in particularly rich in them. Here are 7 standing stones and monoliths that you can visit in Oxfordshire today.