Parish Archive

DFMG logoSponsored by Deddington Farmer's Market,
selling the best of local produce 12 months of the year.
The Parish Archive is located at the library. It is managed by a small team of members of Deddington & District History Society and is supported by Friends of Deddington Library and the Library Staff to both of whom we are most grateful.

Members of the D&DHS Archive Working Group:
Gareth Richard (Chair)
Richard Broadbent
Chris Day
Andrea Murphy (FoDL liaison)

The Archive

...consists of books, photographs, documents and other paper based items donated by local parishioners. It does not contain any objects. Original copies can be viewed on application to the archive group to arrange this.

The contents of the Archive are entered into a Register

  •   Parish Archive Register Where an archived digital image exists you can click on a link to view it marked either as Gallery or History - denoting which section of the website it is located in.

Deddington News (DN)

Previous editions of the Deddington News are a valuable archive in themselves tracking the social history of the parish since it was first published in September 1976. The Library contains printed and bound copies of all past editions up to the present day. They are also available online.

Among them there have been many articles about the history of the Parish. Some have been incorporated into this website and, if you know the subject matter, can be found using the site's search facility or click on this link - History articles in DN -  to find an index (Excel Spread Sheet) ordered by name of author up until 2007 but can be further sorted/searched in your browser.

Reverend Cotton Risley's Diaries from 1835 to 1869

These diaries are another valuable part of the parish history but are archived in the Bodleian Library. Other than becoming a 'Reader' they can be accessed in two ways:

  • Banbury History Society has published them in two Volumes and copies may still be available for purchase. The BHS website also has a link to a comprehensive, 16pp Names Index .               
  • The DN has also contained every month since 1988 an article titled  Deddington 150 years ago with extracts researched by Buffy Heywood at the Bodleian.


If anyone wishes to donate any item(s) then please download and and complete a Receipt Form (pdf) and bring the form (plus a photo copy for our own records) and the item(s) to the Library where they will be deposited in the Archive cabinet for checking, receipt and processing by one of the Working Group as soon as possible thereafter. The donor will receive the original copy of the form back signed as now formally received into the Archive.

Whilst we do not have the physical space to store Museum type objects, we can record them if provided with colour photographs which should have some form of scaler (ruler is ideal) in the photograph.