If you’re ever in Oxford, England, stop and see the four-way road junction called “Carfax”. The name derives from the Latin “quadrifurcus” via the French “carrefour”, meaning, “crossroads”. Here at the center of the oldest college town in the English-speaking world, you’ll find a branch of the Santander Bank. It’s not the sort of place you’d expect a bar fight, leading to a riot.
Except, yeah. It is. Or at least it was.
Oxford Carfax, NW
In the year 1355, the future bank branch was home to the Swindlestock Tavern, built in 1250. Tuesday, February 10 was a day of celebration, a remembrance of Saint Scholastica, the Roman Catholic Saint and twin sister to Saint Benedict, leader of monks.
A group of priests and students were drinking that night, when someone complained about the wine. Two students, Walter Spryngeheuse and Roger de Chesterfield had words with the tavern keeper, John…
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