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.

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