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.

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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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January 2017

The Henry Churchills of Deddington.  In the 17th & 18th Century numerous members of the Churchill family lived in the parish.  This article records the lives of three of them via extracts from Jackson's Oxford Journals (courtesy of research by Shirley Martin).  The first two Henrys were Grocers/Milliners. The third was a Solicitor who was a veritable pillar of the local society until he became bankrupt and absconded to America where 'Wanted' notices were issued! There is also the interesting matter of a lady from Islip who left significant bequests to the Churchill family at this time - but she was not a relative.

December 2016

William Loder FRENCH (1892-1916) Private served in The Oxfordshire Yeomanry (QOOH) then emigrated to Australia in 1913 where he joined the 11th Battalion, Australian Infantry on outbreak of war. He became seriously ill following the landings at Gallipoli and was eventually repatriated to UK where he died and is buried in Deddington. His death is recorded in A Parish at War (p.26) but this lacked the detail of his service record in the Australian army, how he became ill and the events thereafter. Cathy Sedgwick, an Australian military history researcher, has pieced together the whole story and very kindly provided Loder's family and DOL with a  copy of her research which can be seen HERE.