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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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Chipping Norton’s History of Battles, Bigamy and Bizarreness

Chipping Norton. What does the name mean to you? Most people would probably mention the cluster of famous millionaires associated with the town despite not living here, or the fact that aspirin was discovered nearby. Unsuprisingly there’s a lot more to be said of Chippy – the town has been the backdrop of a jaw dropping amount of fighting, crime and scandal, …