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?

June 2017

Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada's connection with Deddington. In 1875 John Ivens (1828-93) held a mortgage on the The Knowle on 'Philcot' (sic) Street. He  had three sons who all emigrated to Manitoba in Canada. The eldest, Charles, (1859-1926) had a daughter Rose (1891-1979) who married Thomas Bernard (1891-1946). Their daughter Doris Kathleen (1920-2012) married James Sinclair and their daughter, Margaret, married Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000) Prime Minister of Canada from1980 to 1984. Their son is Justin Trudeau (b.1971) the present Prime Minister.

William Henry Valentine Tustain was born in 1883 in Hempton, Oxfordshire, the son of George Tustain and wife Sarah. In 1891 George was landlord of the Red Lion but he died in 1893 aged only 45.  Sarah subsequently moved to Loughborough. At the start of WWI William enlisted with the Leicestershire Regiment and served in France until he was killed in action on April 28, 1917, the first day of the Battle of Arleux. He is one of the 20 names not recorded on the original War memorial but now recorded on the new plaque in the church. The Loughborough Echo has written a series of articles about the deaths of men from the Leicestershire Regiment and William's story is one of them.

May 2017

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 Clifton at the time and quite a few in Deddington. An index of surnames for over 300 people is provided along with instructions as to how to search for them.

Joseph Wilkins (1820-91) Joseph was an agricultural labourer who lived in The Stile with a wife, 9 children and his mother-in-law. He had a talent for drawing and became well known in the surrounding area as a sign writer and artist. His Bird's Eye Views of the villages became particularly well known.

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.


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