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A ghost in Oxford

The ghoulish manifestations of countless ghastly acts wander the Oxford's streets. If you ever need some inspiration for a Halloween costume look no further than our local ghostly guide:


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Colonel Francis Winderbank is the resident scary monster of Merton College. Some reports claim he was shot in 1645 after surrendering to Oliver Cromwell.

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Those that have seen the apparition say he walks around the library on his knees. It is more likely that the ghost is actually walking on the original floor before it was raised to the present level.

The library of St John's College is also haunted, by the headless ghost of Archbishop William Laud who was beheaded in 1645 following impeachment by the Long Parliament. Late at night students immersed in their studies have been disturbed by Laud kicking his head along the floor with a candle in his hand.

The lack of a head is a strong trend amongst ghosts. A fellow called Napier was punished for his crimes by being cut into pieces and scattered around the city perimeter. His spirit managed to put himself back together but couldn't find his head. Now he endures eternity riding up and down the Banbury Road in his endless search.

Rosamund The fair haunting The Trout
Rosamund The fair haunting The Trout

Obadiah Walker was the catholic master of University college and tried to follow James II when he fled to France. Sadly he was caught in Kent and imprisoned. Although he was released for the last ten years of his life he was a broken man. His solemn spirit is still moping around the front quad.

Probably the most tragic tale of an Oxford ghost is that of Rosamund the Fair. King Henry II was deeply in love with the Nun who lived in Godstow Nunnery, which lies on the opposite bank of Trout Island. It was built in 1133, and was consecrated in 1179 by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the presence of King Henry II.

It is said that the King kept his concubine in a secret garden that was protected by a labyrinth and guarded by one of his knights. The knight held the end of a silver thread which lead to Rosamund. The Queen was very jealous and killed the knight, stole the thread and when she caught up with Rosamund killed her by making her drink from a poisoned chalice.

Now Rosamund haunts the Trout pub Wolvercote. She is often seen as a shadowy figure sneaking around in the awnings.

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