Rob Forsyth

Deddington village remained largely stable in size from the mid-1800s up to the mid-1900s. Post WWII there was a national drive, led by the newly elected Labour Party, to build more houses on varying sizes of estates which continues to the present day. This is a record of post WWII building which has near doubled the size of the population. I am indebted to Geoff Todd, who served on the Parish Council 1990-2011 and as Chairman 1995/96, who researched the majority of the information for Deddington (not Clifton or Hempton)  in March 2018. 

An overview can be seen on a map of the village in the year 2000 showing the ages in which building took place from pre-1700 to 2020. A more detailed map can be found HERE. Both of these maps were hand drawn by Peter Terry as a Millennium Map Group Project.

Key: Years are approximate and figures in brackets after the title are the numbers of houses

1954 Deddington Estate

Christ Church College disposed of their extensive estate land and property in the Parish


Estates of 10 houses or more

1946 - 48 The Paddocks (15) + 3 subsequently
This was the first of the post-war estates. Thanks to the memory of Albert Humphries whose family occupied No 5 facing on to on the Hempton Road we know the names of the first occupants.

No 1 - Harry Harper: No 2 the McCutcheons: No 3 - Godfreys: No 4 - Waddups: No 5 (Humphries) No 6 - Ernie Callow ( who took over the Crown & Tuns): No 7 - Pagingtons; No 8 - Boyds. No 9 - Harpers/Wheelers No 10 - Clarks (Nipper's parents): No 11 - Monaghans: No 12 - Percy Walker: No 13 - Nashes; No 14 -Cox (Grace's parents): No 15 - Ralph Gibbs

1961 Windmill Street & Mackley Close

1965 Holly Tree(4) + 1 in 2018

1972 The Daedings(45)

1980 Murdock Close (4)

1985 Hudson Court (14)

1987 Grove Court (26)

1988 Mill Close (58) 

1988 The Leyes (11)

1999  Pound Court (6)

1992 Gaveston Gardens (44)

1995 The Beeches (12)

1995 Gaveston Gardens

2000 Wimborn Close (23)

2016 -20 The Grange (85)

Sites of less than 10 houses (pdf)


1978 County View

1990 Walnut Close

1990 Wimborn


1969 St Johns Way, Hempton

????  Duns Tew Road

????  The Lane


Streets - Whats in a name?

Mary Robinson 01869 338272

The Parish Council was asked recently to come up with possible names for the new housing development on the Hempton Road, and we zoned in Hobart Close and Fardon Way. So who were they?

Major General Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart of Leadenporch House had an illustrious career as the developer of Hobart's `funnies' – mine clearance, bridge layers and swimming tanks – which proved crucial in the WWII Normandy landings. And the Fardons were a famous family of clockmakers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

That set me thinking about some of the other names in the parish. Some are self-explanatory like the Banbury and Clifton Roads; some have a historical connection like Castle Street (near the site of the 12th c. Deddington Castle) or Mill Close and Windmill Street (near the windmill which once stood where the Windmill Centre is now). Another historical connection gives us Piers Row and Gaveston Gardens both derived from Piers Gaveston, a favourite of Edward II, captured and murdered in Deddington in 1312. And the Daedings was named after Daeda, probably an early Saxon lord who gave his name to Daedintun. The Tchure has been the source of much speculation over the years but is thought to mean a narrow alley – what it says on the tin.

Some have a geographical link, like Church Street and Chapel Square, sites of the parish church and Wesleyan Chapel respectively.

But who was the earl in Earl’s Lane? And what about Hudson Street, Chapmans Lane and Mackley Close in Deddington, Batchelors Row in Hempton, and Pepper Alley and Chase Villas in Clifton? If anyone has any ideas why these were so-called, I’d love to hear.