Deddington - at one time Daedintun - means 'the place of the people of Daeda', who was probably an early Saxon lord. Since those times the parish has acquired a lot of interesting history. I have tried to assemble an archive of as much of it - written and verbal - as possible.

The extensive index of headings under which material is archived may lead you to your particular interest or encourage you just to browse. However, If you are looking for a specific name or topic you may find it much easier to select our site search facility via the tab at the top of this page.

...and do not forget that we have an extensive Picture Gallery - also to be found on a tab at the top of this page.

I am always very pleased to hear via email from site visitors and to offer any help that I can.

Rob Forsyth
History Editor & Chair of DOL Website Editorial Group

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March 2018

Betty nee Stilgoe(b.1921) married a distinguished scientist Henryk (known as Henry) Elwertowski (b.1910)who had escaped from Poland in WWII. This was not the only contact Betty had with the scientific world. Both she and her husband had interesting careers in the war and Henry subsequently made significant contributions to the UK Nuclear Submarine programme.

February 2018

The Matthews brothers were missionaries who traveled to New Zealand in the 1830's. Richard went there direct and settled in Kaitaia, North Island. Joseph travelled on the Beagle with Darwin with the intention of setting up a mission in Tierra del Fuego. The local tribe nearly killed him and Capt Fitzroy took him off and he continued the voyage to join his brother two years after first sailing. We now have copies of their contemporary obituaries from the New Zealand Herald which fill in the years after they settled in NZ. Follow the link to the Matthew Brothers article where you will find further links.

The obituaries were provided by Sue Werner a descendant of Joseph. Sue is traveling from NZ to visit Deddington on 25 March when I will be delighted to host her and show her round her ancestor's village.

January 2018

One of the pleasures of editing this site is the emails I get from around the world. This month I have been in touch with two quite separate people interested in Tom Van Oss (artist) who died in WWII while employed by the Army  as a 'Camoufleur'. Mary Horlock has just published a book about her grandfather, Joseph Gray, who was similarly employed and knew Tom well. At the same time I have also been talking to Adrienne (a PhD student) at Leiden University of which Tom was a pre-war Alumni. She is looking to include his name with others 'In Memoriam' of those who died in WWII.

December 2017

Rifle & Revolver Club. Its history since 1945 and its present activities can be found HERE . If you enter 'Rifle Club' in the DOL search box (see tab at top of page) you will find several photos in our Gallery and various references to it from before the First World War.

November 2017

Frederick Treeby Reid (1862-1948) and The Royal British Legion Club Clock . No one knew where the clock that hung on the wall of the former club building came from. Rumour had it that it came from Aynho Halt Station when it closed. but it did not have 'GWR' stamped on it as a railway clock would. The answer is more prosaic. The name FT Reid on its face is that of a Deddington Clock maker who lived in Deddington from sometime in the 1920's and had a workshop at Wakehurst Cottage on Castle Street (nearly opposite entrance to the Castle Grounds). He died here in 1948 and he and his wife Flora (d.1957) are both buried in the churchyard. The clock case, face  and pendulum are of 19C origin. Indications are that he carried out major repairs - including refurbishing the face and putting his name on it - sometime in the 1920s/30s because that is when its present mechanism dates from. One can surmise that he did this for the RBL Branch's Club which opened its doors in 1925.


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