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

What's new?

April 2017

People and Profiles. The lives of Deddington people tell the history of this parish. In this revised and enlarged article we have gathered together a large number of profiles sourced from research into Deddington families by Rob Forsyth & Jon Malings and, thanks to some hard research work by Mary Robinson's in back editions of Deddington News, articles by Ruth Johnson and Bill Marshall together with a whole collection of obituaries titled Well Remembered. Many of the texts are accompanied by photographs from Brian Carter’s valuable record of residents taken between about 2000 and 2010.

As I Remember. This remarkable autobiography by George Harris is now available to read online. It tells about growing up in the parish in the first half of the 20th Century and, in doing so, manages to name almost every resident of the parish. Work is in progress to provide an index of names but meanwhile use keyboard  Ctrl + F to word search it for names.

January 2017

The Henry Churchills of Deddington.  In the 17th & 18th Century numerous members of the Churchill family lived in the parish and are recorded elsewhere.  This article records the lives of three of them in the 18th & 19th Centuries 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.