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Charlbury’s History of War, Drinking and Homicide

“Fiction is strange, but facts more strangely fall, And Charlbury names eclipse in strangeness all, Pass we then, reader, thro’ each lane and street, And mark the curiosities we meet.” Poem from an anonymous author, 1876 Tourists passing through Charlbury might easily assume that they’d just found another pretty Oxfordshire town, but they’d be missing something. Beyond the exterior of Cotswold stone …

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Eynsham’s History of Robbers, Rabbles and Riots

“As regards Eynsham I can only confirm that poor old town is the most Godforsaken hole in England”. A wandering churchman, Oxford Times 28th October 1876 That does seem a little harsh doesn’t it? He’d obviously never been to Carterton! I suppose he could have just been having a bad day when he visited, but perhaps he was offended by Eynsham’s …