The Little Book of Oxfordshire
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 192 pages
Author: P. Sullivan
Other: sketches. bibliog
Publisher: The History Press
Did you know ...
- that a man was crushed to death under his own cart wheels in 1872, when his horse reared after meeting an elephant on the road from Oxford to Eynsham
- that students used to feed the deer in Magdalen College Grove with a traditional snack of port-soaked sugar cubes
- about the Boar's Head Ceremony, and what it comes from?
- that the church curate at Black Bourton church slapped whitewash over 11th century paintings discovered in the church in 1866
- John Wesley visited Thame to preach Methodism in the 1780s. His congregation met on the top floor of a cottage, and due to the large number of atendees, the floor collapsed
- Agricultural pioneer, Jethro Tull of Crowmarsh Gifford invented the horse-drawn seed drill in 1701. Ironically, it was in church that Tull had his brilliant idea while looking at the church organ
- that at Gallowstree Common you can still see a oak tree with chains and gibbets, from when men were hung there. The last one being hung for sheep stealing.
- why maid servants stole male colleagues breeches and nailed them to a gate?
The Little Book of Oxfordshire is a funny, fast-paced, fact-packed compendium of the sort of frivolous, fantastic or simply strange information which no one will want to be without. Here we find out about the most unusual crimes and punishments, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters and literally hundreds of wacky facts (plus some authentically bizarre bits of historic trivia).
Combining essential facts with little-known, weird, and often hilarious trivia, it is an essential purchase for all lovers of the county. Colourful characters and the general mayhem of Oxford history flow through the pages like the iconic Thames, Isis and Cherwell rivers combined!
1. Founders, Keepers: The People Who Shaped Oxfordshire
2. Town and Village
3. Saints and Sinners
4. The Art of Being Famous
5. Crime and Punishment
6. Legends, Superstition and the Supernatural
7. The Working Life
8. University, College and School
9. Sport and Leisure
10. Food and Drink
11. Natural History
12. Oxfordshire at War