Deddington  Oxfordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Deddington like this:

DEDDINGTON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in Woodstock district, Oxford. The town stands near the Cherwell river and the Oxford canal, 2¼ miles W of Aynho r. station, and 6 S of Banbury; has a post office‡ under Oxford, and three inns; is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place; and publishes a monthly newspaper. ...

It dates from the Saxon times; and sent two members to parliaments of Edward I. Remains of a beautiful groined crypt are beneath the Plough inn. A curious house, a tall, square, balustraded tower, is near the church; and vestiges of a large castle, of unknown antiquity, where Piers Gaveston, the favourite of Edward II., was seized for execution, are on the east. The church is later English, with a square tower; was, in great part, rebuilt in the time of Charles I., and repaired in 1859; and contains stone seats, a piscina, a female effigies, and some brasses. Several Roman coins, and quantities of Roman pottery were found in the neighbouring field of Blackingrove. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, a national school, alms-houses with £73 from endowment, and other charities with £80. Markets were held till recently on Tuesdays; and fairs are held on 10 Aug., the Saturday after 11 Oct., and 22 Nov. Charles I. slept in the parsonage after the battle of Cropredy; and Sir Thomas Pope and Chief-Justice Scroggs were natives. -The parish includes also the hamlets of Clifton and Hempton. Acres, 3, 990. Real property, £11, 258. Pop., 2, 024. Houses, 457. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Chesnies, the Bassets, and the Mallets. There is a vitriolic salt spring. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelries of Clifton and Hempton, in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £180.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Windsor. -The sub-district contains thirteen parishes. Acres, 22, 577. Pop., 6, 458. Houses, 1, 426.

Deddington through time

Deddington is now part of Cherwell district. Click here for graphs and data of how Cherwell has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Deddington itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Deddington, in Cherwell and Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th August 2022

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