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Abingdon’s History of Madness, Murder and Mayhem

“Abingdon is a typical country town of the smaller order — quiet, eminently respectable, clean, and desperately dull.” – Jerome K Jerome in Three Men in a Boat, 1889. Three Men in a Boat may be a brilliant read, but it’s amazing how wrong Jerome K Jerome was when he wrote that down. Abingdon, dull? Sure people might just associate …

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Burford’s History of Murder, Mistresses and Misbehaviour

“Rich in unspoiled treasures of the past, its long street, which leaves the Windrush rippling among the willows and mounts the steep hill, has something rare to show us at every step.” That quote, featured in the section on Burford in Arthur Mee’s 1931 book The King’s England, goes a long way to explain why the town has become such …